Fugaku Boosts Singapore’s Supercomputing Resources

A new collaboration will soon allow Singapore-based researchers to directly access Japan’s Fugaku—the world’s fastest supercomputer.

AsianScientist (Dec. 7, 2020) – Researchers in Singapore can now tap on the world’s fastest supercomputer—Japan’s Fugaku—for research, education and capacity-building projects. The international collaboration will be spearheaded by the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, with its partners, the RIKEN Center for Computational Science and Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) from Japan.

Wielding 442 petaFLOPS of computing power, Fugaku was recently crowned as the world’s fastest supercomputer in the biannual TOP500 rankings. Indeed, the system is already being put to good use by Japan in the fight against COVID-19—by accelerating drug discovery and simulating viral transmission in various settings.

With demand for HPC resources similarly expected to skyrocket in Singapore, the country’s national petascale supercomputer, NSCC’s ASPIRE1, is quickly reaching capacity. The partnership with RIKEN and RIST will therefore expand the array of resources local researchers can tap onto as ASPIRE1 undergoes a S$200 million upgrade over the next few years.

“Singapore’s national supercomputing resources are already stretched thin and the HPC upgrades will ensure local researchers and organizations are better enabled, equipped and prepared for a much more digitalized future,” said Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee, NSCC’s Chief Executive.

Soon, Singapore-based researchers will be able to connect directly to Fugaku via dedicated optical fiber links of up to 100 Gbps. The collaboration will also include joint training and talent development programs, as well as support for high-impact HPC-intensive national research projects. Specifically, RIKEN will cover access and high-speed data sharing to their flagship supercomputer, while RIST will work with NSCC to promote HPC project research calls and shared supercomputing use.

“The Fugaku access, in addition to the supercomputer resources already available at NSCC, will give local researchers the opportunity to think beyond the conventional and to perform research at much more complex and larger scales,” said Tan.

Researchers in Singapore who would like to apply for Fugaku’s HPC resources can visit https://www.nscc.sg/open-calls-hpc-resources-from-japan/.


Source: National Supercomputing Centre Singapore; Photo: Shelly Liew/Asian Scientist Magazine.
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