Singapore Supercomputing Projects Awarded Access To Fugaku

Five Singapore-based research projects will soon make use of the world’s fastest supercomputer to address challenges from materials science to sustainability.

AsianScientist (Mar. 23, 2022) – Beginning April 2022, five Singaporean research teams would be able to access the high performance computing (HPC) resources of Japan’s Fugaku system—the most powerful supercomputer in the world. The resources have been made available through a partnership between Singapore’s National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) and Japan’s Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST).

In November 2021, NSCC and RIST signed an agreement to provide researchers from Singapore regular access to Fugaku through an annual Call for Projects. HPC experts from the two countries evaluated 16 applications in the inaugural selection.

Five projects were awarded access to a million node hours of HPC resources for up to a maximum of one year. The research spans across various sectors including materials engineering, advanced manufacturing and climate science.

The approved projects include: “Excitonic Effects in Nonlinear Optical Processes of Emerging Materials” and “Simulation of Air-Sea Interactions with AI-Accelerated Computational Fluid Dynamics” from National University of Singapore teams; “Big HPC Code Implementing the Adjoint-state Travel-time Tomography Method” and “Designing Stable, Active, and Selective Ni-based Nanoparticles for Dehydrogenation of Liquid Organic Hydrides” from researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and “Ultra-large Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Complex Concentrated and Gradient Nanostructured Alloys for Engineering Applications” from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

These researchers will be able to harness first-class HPC resources including Fugaku’s ARM chip-based architecture and over 158,000 processors. By performing 442,010 trillion calculations per second, the system can support breakthroughs in big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Since June 2020, Fugaku has maintained its top spot as the most powerful supercomputer on earth.


Source: National Supercomputing Centre, Singapore. Photo: Shutterstock.
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