Japan, being the world’s top country in technology, has now planned to invest in making first-known fastest supercomputer. The country is targeting to enhance the driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics and for the same it has revealed an investment of 19.5 billion yen (approx. 173 million USD).
Reuters reported that Japan believes that the project will take the country to a super computing heap as it will be capable of making 130 quadrillion calculations per second – or 130 petaflops in scientific parlance. As of now, China’s Sunway Taihulight is the fastest super computer that is capable of 93 petaflops.
Director general at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, where the computer will be built, Satoshi Sekiguchi said, “As far as we know, there is nothing out there that is as fast.”
The push to return to the vanguard comes at a time of growing nostalgia for the heyday of Japan’s technological prowess, which has dwindled since China overtook it as the world’s second-biggest economy.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for companies, bureaucrats and the political class to work more closely together so Japan can win in robotics, batteries, renewable energy and other new and growing markets, Reuters.