Feeds

Japan begins planning exascale super

Seeking funds for design project

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Japan is plotting its return to global supercomputing dominance, with its science ministry seekings funds to design the successor to its K supercomputer, to be completed by 2020.

According to The Asahi Shumbun, the new project aims to create a super with 100 times the processing capacity of the Fujitsu-Riken Research Institute-developed K, a 10 petaflop unit commissioned in 2011.

The Sparc64-based K was the first to pass the 10 petaflop level. To reach that mark, it needed 864 server racks, more than 22,000 four-socket blade servers, and 705,000 cores – and it was surpassed during 2012 by the US supers Titan and Sequoia, leaving it in third place.

Japan's Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry wants the next super to be exaflop-capable, to match plans for similar capacity by the US, China, and European countries. However, the government also hopes to reach its target of a quintillion computations per second without laying out quite as much as the 110-billion Yen paid for K (nearly $US1 billion).

Building that kind of machine won't just be a matter of cutting a Linux variant that can run jobs across a (likely) billion cores. Developers with an exascale target will be dealing with daunting power and performance challenges along the way. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC
Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.