SINGAPORE, 18 March 2022 – In an agreement signed between the Japan Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) and the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore in November 2021, researchers in Singapore have been awarded a regular access to the world’s most powerful supercomputer, the Japanese Fugaku system. . In the first such arrangement outside of Japan, researchers in Singapore can now apply for available resources through an annual call for proposals at Fugaku, which is facilitated by NSCC in partnership with RIST. Access to Fugaku’s ARM chip-based architecture and computing power helps local high-performance computing (HPC) researchers broaden their experience working on advanced CPU and interconnect technologies that are not not available in Singapore. The collaboration also reinforces the well-established ties between the national HPC centers of Singapore and Japan and contributes to the development of the field of high performance computing in both countries.
The first Call for Projects in Fugaku was launched in December 2021 with a total of 16 applications received. Entries were evaluated by a panel of HPC experts from Singapore and Japan. Five research projects from Singapore have been shortlisted, selected and ultimately approved by RIST to start using the Fugaku supercomputer system from April 2022. Projects will be given a maximum of one year for each project to use approved resources. The selected projects and their institutions are listed below.
More details on the projects can be found at https://www.hpcioffice.jp/materials/e_adoptionlist2021_11_nscc.pdf
The annual Fugaku Call for Proposals via NSCC and RIST is in addition to the NSCC’s National Call for Proposals, which takes place every six months for all Singapore-based research projects. The additional access to Fugaku will provide researchers in Singapore with more resource options to meet their high-performance computing (HPC) needs. Singapore researchers will also have upgraded national HPC resources to tap into when Singapore’s new supercomputer system, with aggregate raw computing power of up to 10 petaflops, comes online in the second half of 2022.
About the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore
The National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore was established in 2015 to manage Singapore’s national petascale facilities and high performance computing (HPC) resources. As a national research infrastructure funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the HPC resources we provide help meet the research needs of the public and private sectors, including research institutes, institutes of higher learning , government agencies and businesses. With the support of our stakeholders, e.g., Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), l Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Technology Center for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS), NSCC catalyzes national research and development initiatives, attracts industrial research collaborations and enhances Singapore’s research capabilities. For more information, please visit https://www.nscc.sg/.
About the Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST)
The Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) is a general foundation incorporated in Japan. Since fiscal year 2012, RIST has provided the service of promoting the use of “specific high-speed computing facilities” (then computer K, now Fugaku supercomputer since fiscal year 2020), as an “institution registered for the promotion of the use of facilities” based on the “law on the promotion of the public use of specific advanced large research facilities”, and has also been in charge of the use promotion services, which make part of the management of the “Innovative High Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI)”. The “Innovative HPCI” is a public appeal project commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). For more information, please visit https://www.rist.or.jp/ehome.html.
About the Fugaku Supercomputer
The Fugaku supercomputer is co-developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu as a successor to the K computer. Fugaku was created to contribute to the growth of Japan by solving social and scientific problems, and to achieve world-class achievements. It has the world’s best capabilities in various ways, such as power performance, computing performance, and user-friendliness, as well as features that can lead users to breakthroughs or accelerate big data and AI studies. Fugaku has 158,976 processors and can perform 442,010 trillion calculations per second. It has successfully maintained the top spot for four consecutive terms on all four major supercomputer rankings since June 2020. It is proven to have the best performance in the world.