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Date : December 3, 2020

Video report: The World’s Fastest Supercomputer, Fugaku, Taking Aim at COVID-19 (Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka, Director, RIKEN Center for Computational Science)

post date : 2020.12.03

The supercomputer Fugaku, developed by RIKEN Center in Kobe together with Fujitsu, was ranked number one in the world in four separate categories, such as processing speed and machine learning capability, twice in a row (in June and November 2020). Fugaku has been used for research on measures to combat COVID-19, including the effectiveness of masks in blocking aerosol particles, analysis of the spread of particles indoors, research on candidate drugs for treatment, and simulations of the infection and its impact on society and the economy. There are growing hopes that Fugaku’s top-class abilities will contribute to research and development of effective measures to fight the pandemic.


The FPCJ invited the Director of RIKEN Center for Computational Science, Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka, who led the development of Fugaku, to hold an online press briefing from Kobe explaining Fugaku’s capabilities and providing an overview of COVID-19 research using cutting-edge technology.

The briefing had a total of 18 participants including journalists from China, France, Germany, Russia, South Korea, Swiss and the US.



■Date: December 3 (Thu), 2020, 11:00-12:00

■Briefer: Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka, Director, RIKEN Center for Computational Science
■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation


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