Ja­pan Builds Fastest Su­per­com­puter… It Hopes

Project to fin­ish by end of next year

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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.

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