RIKEN’s Fugaku Passes Major Milestone and Goes Public
Authors: Bob Sorensen, Katsuya Nishi
Publication Date: March 2021
Length: 2 pages
RIKEN’s Fugaku, currently the fastest high performance computer (HPC) in the world, recently passed a critical development milestone by completing its initial testing phase. As a result, the system will become available for general shared use on March 9, 2021. The Fugaku supercomputer has been in development since 2014, and in addition to its world-leading computational performance capabilities, its overall design was targeted with an application-first philosophy to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges including medicine, pharmacology, disaster prediction and prevention, environmental sustainability and energy. Fugaku is a joint development effort between RIKEN, Japan’s largest HPC research organization, and Fujitsu, one of Japan’s largest commercial suppliers of highend computing systems.
Cloud-based Quantum Computing: A Growing Assortment of Opportunities for QC Application Developers
Bob Sorensen, Steve Conway, Alex Norton and Earl Joseph
This Quick Take looks at the growing availability of commercial cloud-based quantum computing (QC), supported through either direct access to true QC systems or QC simulators based on traditional digital hardware. In addition to QC hardware, most cloud-based QC providers are also rolling out their own software development environments to help existing and new QC software developers more effectively explore QC programming. The choice of options for potential QC users is growing, and each of the QC providers offers a distinct take on QC architecture and programming.
October 2018 | Quick Take
Catalyst UK Announcement Bolsters Arm Processor-Based HPC Ecosystem in Europe
Alex Larzelere, Bob Sorensen, Earl Joseph, Steve Conway and Alex Norton
On April 16, 2018, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in conjunction with SUSE and Arm teamed up with three leading UK universities to form the Catalyst UK program with the objective of accelerating the adoption of HPC by industry in the UK. The three-year program will center on the installation of an Arm processor-based supercomputer deployment spread across the University of Edinburgh, the University of Bristol, and the University of Leicester, due to be completed in summer 2018. In addition, the program is looking to reach out to UK industry to jointly develop Arm-based applications and workflows. Hyperion Research believes this effort is an important indicator of the UK’s commitment to building an indigenous HPC ecosystem centered on Arm processors, and one that could have wider implications for bolstering Arm-based HPC adoption in future European HPC designs.
April 2018 | Quick Take