Fujitsu announced it 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.
Fujitsu said 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 per node and suitable for large-scale analysis using AI such as deep learning.
The peak performance of half-precision floating point operations is expected to be 300 petaflops, while that of double-precision floating-point operations, 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 research and development of AI technologies and their implementation in industry and other fields in society.
After receiving the order to construct ABCI, Fujitsu 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, Fujitsu said.