TOKYO, Nov 13, 2020 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu has received an order from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) for the “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” supercomputer system, which aims to accelerate AI research and development in industry, government, and academia.
The new system will consist of 120 next-generation 2-way rack (4U) Fujitsu PRIMERGY GX2570 servers and a 11.2 petabyte, high-capacity storage system, each accelerated by eight GPUs(1) per node and suitable for large-scale analysis using AI such as deep learning. The theoretical peak performance of half-precision floating point operations(2), which represents an important benchmark in the AI field, is expected to be 300 petaflops(3), while that of double-precision floating-point operations(4), which are mainly used in the conventional simulation field, is expected to be 19.3 petaflops.
The “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” system will be added to the AI Data Center Building at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Kashiwa Center in Japan with the beginning of operations scheduled for fiscal 2021.
AIST launched the “AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI)” system on August 1, 2018, which enables advanced AI processing through coordination of algorithms, big data, and computational power, to accelerate leading-edge research and development of AI technologies and their implementation in industry and other fields in society. After receiving the order to construct “ABCI,” Fujitsu successfully delivered a cloud infrastructure for AI applications featuring the world’s highest level of machine learning processing capacity, high-performance computing capacity, and energy efficiency. Since its launch, more than 1,000 users in total, ranging from AI-related startup companies to general electrical appliance manufacturers, have leveraged the powerful system to engage in AI research and development.
In response to rapidly increasing demand for AI R&D in industry, government, and academia, AIST will introduce a new “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” system to bolster its existing “ABCI”, combining a high-performance computing system with a large-capacity storage system while following the basic structure of the “ABCI”. AIST has awarded this order to Fujitsu in recognition of the results it delivered for the existing system, as well as the strength of its proposal, which draws on the combined technological capabilities of Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and features a system consisting of 120 of its latest x86 servers with 8 GPUs and a 11.2 petabyte large-capacity storage system.
Features of the “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” system
1. Large-Scale Cloud Platform for AI Applications with 120 Latest Servers
Fujitsu will deliver 120 of its next generation Fujitsu PRIMERGY GX2570 servers fueled by two 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (codenamed Ice Lake) with Intel DL Boost per node and accelerated by eight NVIDIA A100 high-end GPUs. Fujitsu anticipates that the system will provide a theoretical peak performance of half-precision floating-point operations of 850 petaflops, and that of double-precision floating-point operations is expected to be 56.7 petaflops, with the combined computing capacity of “ABCI” and the “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” system. This level of performance is equivalent to second place in Japan and sixth place in the world according to the latest TOP 500 supercomputer ranking announced in June 2020.
2. High-capacity storage system for integrated operation of existing “ABCI” and “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” system
The 11.2 petabyte storage system built into the “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” system can be linked with the existing “ABCI” storage system to enable integrated “ABCI” and “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” operations.
Fujitsu will continue to play a central role in contributing to the advancement of AI research and development in Japan through its involvement with the “AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure” project with the AIST, leveraging the knowledge acquired through the construction and operation of this system for new initiatives with a variety of stakeholders in industry, government, and academia.
(1) GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). A computing device for performing processing specialized in image processing and screen drawing.
(2) Half-precision floating point operations A type of floating-point number that can be expressed on a computer in 16 bit form.
(3) Petaflops PFLOPS (Peta Floating-point Operations Per Second). Peta is 1,000 trillion (10 to the 15th power). 1,000 trillion floating point operations per second.
(4) Double-precision floating-point arithmetic A type of floating-point number that can be represented on a computer in 64 bit form.
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