Japan is reportedly eyeing a return to the top of the supercomputer ranks. The countys Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on a new super computer, according to budget filings reported by Reuters, with aims of developing a machine capable of 130 petaflops.
That number would put the company in the top spot, moving the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure ahead of Sunway Taihulight, the supercomputer unveiled by China over the summer capable of 93 petaflops. The Ministry already has some fairly big plans for the previously unannounced super computer, utilizing its record-breaking speeds to help the country develop advances in AI technologies like deep learning.
Also on the list (at 130 quadrillion calculations per second, the thing would be fairly adept at multi-tasking) are gains in autonomous vehicle development, medicine and robotics. According to the report, the planned computer would be licensed to domestic corporations for a fee.
The Ministrys not doing much talking about the computer at this early stage, but a director from theNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, where the planned system would be constructed says, as far as we know, there is nothing out there that is as fast. Fujitsus Oakforest-PACS was certified as the countrys fastest computer earlier this month, capable of13.6 petaflops.