Kyoto University deploys energy efficient supercomputer for genomic information processing

Antony Savvas

Kyoto University in Japan is deploying a new energy saving supercomputer from Fujitsu that will deliver a theoretical peak performance of 61.2 teraflops (trillions of operations per second).

Kyoto University plans to use the system as its core computational platform to serve a variety of needs. This will include not only scientific computations made on the current system, but also for massive genomic information processing, ultra-large archive searches, computer graphics, and other new areas of research.

In addition, the system will be used to facilitate grid technology research which is carried out collaboratively by Kyoto University, the University of Tokyo, and the University of Tsukuba.

Although the addition of the extra processing power at Kyoto will be impressive, the new system will require only 15% of the watts per teraflop of the current system, with the overall power consumption remaining the same.

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