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Fugaku - Worlds Fastest Super Computer

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A Japanese supercomputer that has been named the worlds fastest is using its extraordinary capacity to identify potential treatments for the coronavirus.

Japan this week regained the top spot for the first time since 2011, ending years of US and Chinese dominance on the TOP500 site, which tracks the evolution of computer processing power.

Its Fugaku supercomputer can perform more than 415 quadrillion computations a second, 2.8 times faster than the Summit system developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US, which held the title when the twice-yearly rankings were last published in November.

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Developed over the past six years by the Japanese technology giant Fujitsu and Riken, a government-backed research institute in the western city of Kobe, Fugaku includes 150,000 high-performance processing units and can test thousands of substances a week.

Supercomputers, which are more than 1,000 times faster than a regular computer, can be used to simulate nuclear explosions, perform virtual weapons testing and model climate systems.

In seismically active Japan, Fugaku will model the impact of an earthquake and tsunami, and map out escape routes, according to the Nikkei business newspaper.

Although it will not be fully operational until next year, experts are hoping the 130bn yen ($1.2bn) supercomputer will help identify treatments for Covid-19 from about 2,000 existing drugs, including those that have yet to reach the clinical trial stage.

It has already run simulations on how respiratory droplets spread in partitioned office spaces and on packed trains when the carriage windows are open.

“I hope that the cutting-edge IT developed for Fugaku will contribute to major advances on difficult social challenges such as Covid-19,” Satoshi Matsuoka, the head of Riken’s centre for computational science, said in a statement.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/offbeat/fugaku-worlds-fastest-supercomputer-searches-for-coronavirus-treatment/ar-BB15RZO6

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I wonder how they're going to better anything without the full force of this becoming active only next year? I could be reading it wrong when I saw the article but I do love their closed room experiment and air flow experiments too which are fucking scary for anyone that saw them when the world had just started dealing with COVID-19. But, I have faith that this might be one of the few avenues that will provide answers to a problem standard medical testing and practices have failed to deliver so far.

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