Fujitsu-backed supercomputer with Arm chips ranks as world's most powerful

By Stephen Nellis
(Reuters) - A Japanese supercomputer built using Arm Ltd technology and with a chip design that powers most smartphones in the world has taken first place among the most powerful systems in the world, replacing one with chips from International Business Machines Corp.
The Fugaku supercomputer, a system jointly developed by the Japanese research institute RIKEN and Fujitsu Ltd in Kobe, Japan, took the top spot on the TOP500 list, a twice-yearly list of the world's most powerful computers, its supporters said Monday with. The chip technology comes from Arm, which is headquartered in the UK, but the Japanese Softbank Group Corp. heard.
The previous top system from November 2019 was in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the USA with chips developed by IBM. Chips from IBM and Intel Corp had dominated the top 10 rankings, with the exception of a system in the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China, which was operated with chips designed by China.
Governments use supercomputers to simulate nuclear explosions and perform virtual weapon tests. They are also used for modeling climate systems and for biotechnological research. The Fugaku supercomputer is used in such research as part of the technology program of Japanese Society 5.0.
"I very much hope that Fugaku will prove extremely effective in real-world applications and will help make Society 5.0 a reality," said Naoki Shinjo, Fujitsu's corporate executive officer, in a statement.
The arm-based system in Japan had the highest position on the TOP500 list for energy-saving supercomputers in November. According to Arm, the system also took first place in a list that is very similar to real computer tasks known as the high-performance benchmark for conjugate gradients.
(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; editing by Dan Grebler)

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