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Riken to deploy new supercomputer in virus fight

  • April 7, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 3:39 p.m.
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Tokyo, April 7 (Jiji Press)–Riken will use an unfinished Fugaku supercomputer on a trial basis in research on the novel coronavirus, starting as early as this month, the Japanese government-affiliated research institute said Tuesday.

Fugaku will be used to unravel the character of the virus, search for candidate drugs and run a simulation on the impact of the pandemic on society.

It is the successor to the K supercomputer, which ceased operating in August last year. Its delivery to Riken Center for Computational Science in the western

Japan city of Kobe started in December.

Riken aims to bring Fugaku into full operation by the end of March 2022.

Once completed, Fugaku is expected to have more than 100 times its predecessor’s computing power. Currently, only 10-20 pct of Fugaku’s function is available. Aiken Riken aims to produce results swiftly by starting using it before its completion.

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