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Universities start operating fastest supercomputer in Japan

  • December 2, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 26
  • JMH Translation

The University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba started operations on Dec. 1 of the fastest supercomputer in the country, the “Oakforest-PACS,” which is faster than Riken’s “K computer.” The Oakforest-PACS was open to the public at Tokyo University’s Kashiwa Campus.


The supercomputer will be used for forecasting global warming, particle physics computing, and other scientific purposes. According to the two universities, this is the first time for a supercomputer to be jointly operated by two universities in Japan. Both universities have been involved in the development of supercomputers.


The Oakforest-PACS’s computing speed is 13,600 trillion times per second. According to a ranking of the world’s fastest computers, which is updated every six months, it ranks sixth in the world as of November, surpassing the K computer, which used to be the fastest in the world at one time but is now ranked seventh.

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