Japan to build 10 petaflop system by 2009

The Japanese news agency Nikkei reports the Japanese government research institute Riken has appointed Hitachi, NEC and Fujitsu to jointly develop the world’s fastest supercomputer by March 2009. Japan’s Science and Technology ministry has budgeted 115.4 billion yen ($948.08 million dollars) to build it. The three companies are to design the supercomputer to be able to compute at 10 petaflops, according to the report. The report predicts that the next-generation supercomputer’s architecture will be a multi-system combining an accelerator-embedded scalar supercomputer and a vector supercomputer.
Currently, the fastest supercomputer in Asia is the Sun
TSUBAME cluster at Tokyo Tech.

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