Canon buys a supercomputer from Fujitsu to avoid prototyping when developing new products

Canon buys a supercomputer from Fujitsu to avoid prototyping when developing new products

Fujitsu recently announced it has received an order from Canon for a new supercomputer system. The system consists of the Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX1000 supercomputer, which uses Fugaku’s technology for the fastest supercomputer in the world. The expected theoretical computing performance of the new supercomputer is 648.8 teraflops (TFLOPS).

The supercomputer will play a key role in Canon’s initiative to move away from the prototyping phase of new product development. It is planned that the system will be operational in the first half of 2021. This Canon initiative includes the development of products such as office multifunction devices, printers, cameras and semiconductor lithography equipment.

To implement this initiative, Canon uses 3D CAD data in analytical simulation to evaluate various aspects of its products, including functionality and ease of production. In the past, Canon has relied on the Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer and the Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX100 supercomputer to solve these problems.

It is expected that the Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX1000 will take performance to the next level. The supercomputer will enable large-scale analysis and simulation in impact analysis experiments, assessment of damage or deformation of a potential product in a drop, including simulation with more than 100 million elements, which was a problem for previous systems. The new system will also support air flow and electromagnetic wave analysis.

The Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX1000 will include 192 computing nodes with 9216 processor cores and the Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY and Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS systems as peripherals. Total RAM capacity will be 6 TB, and useful storage subsystem capacity will be 1.5 PB.


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