Japan is one of the most technically progressive countries in the world. And now, taking a step ahead, Japan is looking forward to build world’s fastest supercomputer to help develop cutting edge robotics, driver-less cars, and medical diagnostics.

The Ministry of Trade, Economy, and Industry will be spending £173 million on the computer and it will be capable of making more than 130 quadrillion calculations per second – or 130 petaflops in scientific parlance, as early as next year, the sources told Reuters.

At present, the Sunway TaihuLight of China holds the record of world’s fastest supercomputer with 93 petaflops capacity. So, Japan’s supercomputer can make the appearance by 2017 from the country’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

The director general of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Satoshi Sekiguchi said, “As far as we know, there is nothing out there that is as fast”. The fastest supercomputer built in Japan until now was Oakforest-PACS, and was capable of 13.6 petaflops.

“The move comes at a time when Japan hopes to return to its glory days as top dog in technology. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recently pushed her for his government to work more closely with private industry to assure that Japan leads the way in robotics, batteries, artificial intelligence, and other key areas of growth,” added Gizmodo.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is one of the key areas that might get accelerated by this supercomputer. AI makes the computer perform faster and faster. Thus, the scientist are hoping that it will be able to imitate our brains’ neural pathways more accurately.

Bidding for the project will close on 8th December. The work will start in next year.

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