Japan Builds Fastest Supercomputer… It Hopes
Project to finish by end of next year
The battle to be the keeper of the world’s greatest supercomputer has a long and competitive history, and now trying to write itself into the record books is Japan.
With a view to having something fully-functioning by the end of 2017, Japan has began building the world’s fastest supercomputer and it’s going to spend somewhere in the region of £140m to put together the AI Bridging Cloud computer (AIBC). The aim is for the AIBC to run at 130 petaflops, which will make it faster than the current fastest computer on the block, China’s TaihuLight.
In practical terms, the AIBC will be used to help with medical research, robotic AI, and other applications that are very current in this day and age (driverless cars, that kind of thing). Expect somebody else to announce a challenger soon enough, though.