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Fujitsu Delivers New Supercomputer System for Canon
September 23, 2020 News

 

Fujitsu Limited announced that it has received an order for a new supercomputer system from Canon Inc.

 

Highlights:

– Fujitsu’s Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 will contribute to Canon’s no-prototype development initiative in manufacturing, leveraging the technology of the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku co-developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu.
– Fujitsu’s new system consists of a PRIMEHPC FX1000 with 192 nodes, with an expected theoretical computational performance of 648.8 TFLOPS.
– The new supercomputer delivers enhanced capabilities and expands the scope of applicability of analysis in Canon’s product development process.

The system consists of a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 unit, which harnesses top-class technology from the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku, which was jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu. The new supercomputer will achieve an expected theoretical computational performance of 648.8 teraflops (TFLOPS). The supercomputer will play a key role in contributing to Canon’s initiative of “no-prototype” product development upon completion, delivering enhanced capabilities and scope of applicability of analysis in Canon’s product development process. This system is planned to begin operations in the first half of 2021.

 

Background

Canon is promoting a “no-prototype” initiative in the development of its products, such as office multifunction devices and other various types of printers, cameras, and semiconductor lithography equipment. Canon is leveraging 3D CAD data in analytical simulations to evaluate multiple facets of proposed products, including functionality, as well as ease of manufacturing to make this initiative a reality. In the past, Canon has relied on both a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10 system and a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX100 system. Now, Canon has adopted Fujitsu’s PRIMEHPC FX1000 system, which delivers reliable, high performance computing power, with world-leading energy efficiency to take its initiative to the next level.

 

Overview of the New System

Fujitsu’s new system consists of a PRIMEHPC FX1000 with 192 nodes, with an expected theoretical computational performance of 648.8 TFLOPS. Fujitsu will also deploy Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY systems and Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS systems as peripheral devices. This system will enable larger-scale analyses and simulations in impact analysis experiments evaluating damage to or deformation of a potential product when dropped, including simulations with over 100 million elements, a challenge for previous systems to handle as an important part of Canon’s product development cycle. The new system will also support airflow analysis and electromagnetic wave analysis. These benefits will ultimately help to deliver an enhanced product development flow through Canon’s “no-prototype” initiative. Fujitsu’s technical computing solutions, particularly the PRIMEHPC FX1000, demonstrate an ongoing commitment to streamlining the performance, quality, and functionality of products while reducing product development times and costs for its customers.

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