The Fastest Supercomputers Are Named: Fugaku Holds First Place

The Japanese supercomputer Fugaku has retained its status as the fastest in the world. This was confirmed by the experts of the international TOP500 project, which determines rankings of this kind.

Last June Fugaku was recognized as the fastest in the world. In November this status was confirmed again. Fugaku was developed by Riken and Fujitsu and has an HPL test result of 442 petaflops/sec, more than three times that of IBM Summit, which came in second place.

According to the TOP500, the only newcomer on the list is the Perlmutter supercomputer from the United States. The machine is based on a heterogeneous system that uses nodes with acceleration on GPUs and CPUs. Perlmutter managed to achieve 64.6 petaflops/sec, but its power consumption is much lower compared to the four machines above it. An American supercomputer is also in third position, with Chinese machines in fourth and fifth.

The technology and social forecasting website FutureTimeline says we should see ekzaflops computers in 2021. Of course, given that the Fugaku only scores 442 petaflops/sec, it’s not a machine that can reach that goal. The next TOP500 list is due out in November, so there’s still time for new supercomputers to reach that goal.

Recall that in March this year at the computing center of the Japanese state Institute of Natural Sciences, the supercomputer was launched at full power. Fugaku was created by the electrical engineering corporation Fujitsu in cooperation with specialists of Riken.

It has the ability to perform more than 415 quadrillion calculations per second. Fugaku is now involved in more than a hundred studies, including those related to the coronavirus pandemic, weather forecasting and developments in artificial intelligence.

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