The Japanese Supercomputer is helping to Fight Coronavirus in an Interesting Way

The Japanese Supercomputer is helping to Fight Coronavirus in an Interesting Way
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Fugaku- is a supercomputer installed at the Center for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan has been accredited as the world’s fastest computer. This Japanese machine has been found capable of performing 415+ quadrillion computations in friction of seconds. 

This system has been found 2.8 faster than the Summit system (an IBM machine) designed and developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory situated in the U.S. To be precise, Fugaku’s performance is 415.53 petaflops, and on the other hand, the IBM machine placed in the U.S. performs at 148.6 petaflops. 

Fugaku’s achievement has broken the long run of dominance between China and the U.S. It helped Japan retain its position on the top after a long weight of 11 years. 

Witnessing this machine’s potential, it has already been deployed to detect and help to fight the corona outbreak. In several locations, Fugaku has been put on work to detect signs of coronavirus. It detects and analysis how a few droplets would spread in a crowded place, including- trains, offices, etc. 

The head of Riken’s Center of Computation Science, Satoshi Matsuoka stated- “I hope that the cutting-edge IT developed for Fugaku will contribute to major advances on difficult social challenges such as Covid-19,”

By the end of the next year, the machine is expected to be fully operational. Some Japanese experts are hoping that Fugaku machine will prove helpful to narrow down the hunt for result-giving corona treatments. 


Fugaku is a room-sized advanced machine placed in Kobe, Japan. A Japanese technology company named Fujitsu backed by a government institute ‘Riken’ designed and developed Fugaku six years ago. The name of the machine is just another way of saying ‘Mount Fuji.’

On an official note, the development of this Supercomputer started in 2014. However, the different parts of the Supercomputer have been put on a test and have been used already, yet the system has been scheduled to start operating from the next year (2021). It has been developed with the Fujitsu A64FX microprocessor. 

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