Fujitsu supercomputer system PRIMEHPC FX10 to commence operation at the RIKEN SPring-8 Center
Fujitsu has completed building a supercomputer system ordered by the SPring-8 Center, a part of RIKEN, Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution. At the core of the new system is the Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10. The RIKEN SPring-8 Center currently plans to use the K computer to analyze the enormous volumes of data being generated by the SACLA X-ray free-electron laser, with the goal of understanding the structures and functions of nanomaterials. The PRIMEHPC FX10 will be used to conduct preliminary analysis such as data screening prior to more detailed analysis by the K computer, as well as to develop analytical software in line with the characteristics of experimental data.
This deployment is expected to improve the efficiency of data analysis performed with the K computer, thereby dramatically reducing the time needed for structural analyses of nanomaterials. It is also intended to help accelerate the generation of research results in the development of new materials and in the biotechnology field with potential industrial applications. Due to commence operation in April 2014, it will have a theoretical peak performance of 90.8 teraflops (TFLOPS).