On April 2020, 4, RIKEN announced that it will devote as much computational resources as possible to related research and development for the supercomputer "Fugaku".

 The supercomputer "Tomitake" is being developed and maintained by RIKEN in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. As a successor to the K computer, which was discontinued in July 2019, it was named to symbolize the high level of results and the expansion of the base (users).The start of sharing is scheduled for 7, but it is required to produce results that are directly linked to the solution of scientific and social issues from an early stage, and this donation has been decided.It is said that it will respond with best effort while determining the range that does not hinder development and maintenance.

 Specifically, for the research and development implementation issues decided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology based on the cooperation from RIKEN, the computational resources of "Tomitake" will be given priority to the extent that it does not hinder the development and maintenance, and technically. Provide support.
The following R & D issues have been decided at present.
(XNUMX) Identification of new coronavirus therapeutic drug candidates (Representative: RIKEN / Yasushi Okuno, Kyoto University)
(XNUMX) Prediction of protein dynamic structure on the surface of the new coronavirus (Problem representative: Yuji Sugita, RIKEN)
(XNUMX) Simulation analysis of pandemic phenomena and countermeasures (Problem representative: RIKEN Nobuyasu Ito)
(XNUMX) Fragmental molecular orbital calculation for new coronavirus-related proteins (Problem representative: Yuji Mochizuki, Rikkyo University)

 Satoshi Matsuoka, Director of RIKEN Center for Computational Science, said, "One of the most important missions of Japan's flagship supercomputer" Tomitake, "which has been developed with the aim of achieving the world's most advanced and highest application performance, is the safety and security of the people. It is to protect with the power of powerful calculation. In response to the national crisis caused by the new corona virus, the ability of "Tomitake", which is preparing for operation, is greatly advanced to the science-based response from diagnosis and treatment to prevention of infection spread. We will provide it promptly and contribute to the end of the pandemic as soon as possible. "

reference:[RIKEN] Priority trial use of supercomputer "Tomitake" for the purpose of countermeasures against the new coronavirus


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