Published On: Wed, Jul 8th, 2020

The Fugaku Supercomputer

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Japanese engineers shocked the worldwide computing community after obtaining the “2020 Global Speed Competition Award”. Winners are credited with developing the strongest Supercomputer worldwide. This is the 1st time in nine years that engineers from Japan have obtained this award, which was commonly associated with their nation for two decades prior. The entrance of Chinese & American engineers would see Japan struggling to compete for nearly a decade.

The Fugaku Supercomputer obtained a recording score of 415.53 Petaflops. The extent of data processing garnered from this number is equivalent to a mathematic universe. Putting that power into context isn’t quickly established, with a single Petaflop maintaining “One Quadrilling Floating Arithmetic Calculations”. Humans physically can’t process this level of mathematics.

It’d take us 31+ million years of calculating the most extensive mathematic problems to process a single Petaflop. Multiplying that to 415.53 Petaflops means the timeframe of humans physically calculate that information is 13.2 billion years. Considering our universe is roughly 14 billion years old, accomplishing this challenge won’t ever happen with any biological being.

Community-Wide Shock

The Fugaku Supercomputer is managed under the “Advanced-Reduced Set Computer Machine”, which is an archetype of computer technology that’s commonly associated with smartphones & laptops. Achieving this advancement with ARM Computing wasn’t ever thought to become a reality. That’s because they’re typically not suited for Supercomputers, with ARM Archetypes requiring fewer transistors, less power, and less heat.

Japanese engineers are being hailed for their major success with ARM Computing Archetypes. The Head of Fugaku’s Development Team iterated that their Supercomputer shows the scalability of smartphones, laptops, and any other technologies engaging with ARM. The difference in processing capabilities Japan displayed in 2020 was nearly double that of America & China, leading tech analysts to believe that Japanese Engineers have returned to a pivotal status. Their advancements with Fugaku could bring new technologies into our daily lives like never-before-seen.

The IBM Company unveiled their “Oak Ridge Supercomputer”, which used former technologies that’ve become reliant on American engineers for prolonged periods. Their Supercomputer registered 266.93 Petaflops, 118 more than previously shown in 2019. IBM is showing improvements but must continue to implore updated components. It’ll be the only way for American engineers to regain their 1st place position in 2021.

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