JAPAN - Fastest Supercomputer Tackling World’s Biggest Problems

Arno Froese

Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer—which in June ranked first in the global Top500 list of such machines, the first time for a Japanese machine in about nine years—was surprisingly not created with the aim of excelling in numerical benchmarks, unlike some of its rivals.

As the director of Riken’s Center for Computational Science, Satoshi Matsuoka and his team have set out nine application areas for Fugaku to work on that are of importance to society, such as medicine, pharmacology, disaster prediction and prevention, environmental sustainability and energy.

Fugaku, set to be officially launched in 2021 at Riken’s facility in Kobe, won international acclaim for becoming the world’s first supercomputer to grab the top spot in all four Top500 categories—raw computational speed, big data processing, deep learning with artificial intelligence and practical simulation calculations. It was developed jointly by the state-backed Riken research institute and Fujitsu Ltd. over a decade at a cost of ¥130 billion.

Fugaku conducted more than 442 quadrillion calculations per second in the Top500 benchmark test, which computes the machine’s raw speed. That’s nearly three times faster than the second-ranked Summit system, developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States. Fugaku again topped the list in November.

-www.japantimes.co.jp, 7 January 2021

Arno's commentary

When it comes to supercomputers, there is no end in sight to its limits. One of the key goals is addressing the environment, sustainability, and energy.

Doubtless, when the Covid-19 headlines subside, the environment is expected to occupy the main agenda and attention of the world. While it is not our intention to express our pro or con regarding the much-proclaimed environmental catastrophe due to man’s contribution, we have made our position clear several times. Those whose call it is to protect the environment have definitely contributed to a much cleaner world than it was just a century ago. Any and all industrial nations discharged their pollutants into the air and water without much opposition. That has changed. Some sources claim that our air is cleaner than ever, and that also goes for our lakes and rivers. But such statements garner much opposition.

An article found on Wikipedia caused this writer to be somewhat stunned. 

Skegness is an English seaside town on the North Sea coast of Lincolnshire with 19,579 residents. The original Skegness was situated farther east but much of it was lost to the sea in the 1520s after the natural sea defenses which protected its medieval harbor eroded. 

We note the words, “lost to the sea in the 1520s.” The town Skegness was swallowed by the North Sea. Yet, during the 15th and 16th centuries, here was little to no industry. What made the waters rise? This fact immediately causes this writer to recall a visit to his birthplace, Windenburg in formerly East Prussia, now Lithuania. The old fishing village that existed many centuries ago is also under water. Again, no industry, yet the water swallowed ancient Windenburg (today Vente).

When that question is asked, there are innumerable theories given, of which some sound rather scientific. But that’s exactly the problem; we do not have true science, supported by accurate temperature readings, water level records, precipitation, melting of snow and ice, etc. from way back to the 1500s. That’s one of the reasons why we are not greatly alarmed about the much-heralded global warming and environmental catastrophe.

As believers, we point to Isaiah 54:9: “For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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