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Fujitsu to Deliver New Supercomputer System for Canon

Contributing to "no-prototype" development in manufacturing with a commercial supercomputer leveraging tech from Fugaku, the world's fastest supercomputer

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News Facts:

  • Fujitsu’s Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 will contribute to Canon's no-prototype development initiative in manufacturing, leveraging the technology of world's fastest supercomputer, Fugaku co-developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu.
  • Fujitsu’s new system consists of a PRIMEHPC FX1000 with 192 nodes, with an expected theoretical computational performance of 648.8 TFLOPS.
  • The new supercomputer delivers enhanced capabilities and expands scope of applicability of analysis in Canon’s product development process.
Tokyo, September 23, 2020

Fujitsu Limited today announced that it has received an order for a new supercomputer system from Canon Inc.

The system consists of a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000(1) unit, which harnesses top-class technology from the world's fastest supercomputer, Fugaku, which was jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu. The new supercomputer will achieve an expected theoretical computational performance of 648.8 teraflops (TFLOPS)(2).

Upon completion, the supercomputer will play a key role in contributing to Canon's initiative of "no-prototype" product development(3), delivering enhanced capabilities and scope of applicability of analysis in Canon's product development process.

This system is planned to begin operations in the first half of 2021.

Background

Canon is promoting a "no-prototype" initiative in the development of its products, such as office multifunction devices and other various types of printers, cameras, and semiconductor lithography equipment. To make this initiative a reality, Canon is leveraging 3D CAD data in analytical simulations to evaluate multiple facets of proposed products, including functionality, as well as ease of manufacturing. In the past, Canon has relied on both a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10 system and a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX100 system.

Now, to take its initiative to the next level, Canon has adopted Fujitsu's PRIMEHPC FX1000 system, which delivers reliable, high performance computing power, with world-leading energy efficiency.

Overview of the New System

Fujitsu's new system consists of a PRIMEHPC FX1000 with 192 nodes, with an expected theoretical computational performance of 648.8 TFLOPS. Fujitsu will also deploy Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY systems and Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS systems as peripheral devices. As an important part of Canon's product development cycle, this system will enable larger scale analyses and simulations in impact analysis experiments evaluating damage to or deformation of a potential product when dropped, including simulations with over 100 million elements(4), a challenge for previous systems to handle. The new system will also support airflow analysis and electromagnetic wave analysis. These benefits will ultimately help to deliver an enhanced product development flow through Canon's "no-prototype" initiative.

Fujitsu's technical computing solutions, particularly the PRIMEHPC FX1000, demonstrate an ongoing commitment to streamlining the performance, quality, and functionality of products while reducing product development times and costs for its customers.

Sample image of a drop impact simulationSample image of a drop impact simulation (an inkjet printer being dropped in its packaging) *Produced using the existing system *Image courtesy of Canon

The PRIMEHPC FX1000 that will be deployedThe PRIMEHPC FX1000 that will be deployed *This image shows the full rack version (384 nodes)

Major Components of the New System

Main System Main Constituent Product Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000
Number of racks 1 (half-rack)
Number of computational nodes (number of CPU cores) 192 (9,216)
Theoretical computational performance 648.8 TFLOPS
Total memory capacity 6 terabytes
Storage Subsystem Total effective capacity 1.5 petabytes
Peripheral Server and Storage Major Constituent Products Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY RX2530 M5/RX2540 M5
Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS DX60 S5/AF250 S3

Related Links

Canon Inc.'s website

Canon Technology: Production Technology (Official Canon website)

Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC website


  • [1] Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000

    Uses the A64FX CPU, which incorporates both the Arm® v8-A instruction set architecture and the supercomputer-focused Scalable Vector Extension (SVE). It offers not only high performance for its power consumption, but also high computational efficiency due to its wide bandwidth HBM2 memory, a type of high performance layered memory.

  • [2] Teraflops

    An acronym for tera floating point operations per second. Tera refers to one trillion (1012), so one teraflop indicates a system can perform one trillion floating point operations per second.

  • [3] No-prototype initiative

    A company-wide initiative promoted by Canon to only build necessary prototypes, eliminating useless product prototyping through the use of testing virtualization technology based on simulation technology.

  • [4] Elements

    In the field of analysis technology, in order to simulate phenomena using computers, items must be broken down into component elements composed of simple shapes. More precise simulations are possible by using larger numbers of small elements.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 130,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.9 trillion yen (US$35 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.

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Date: 23 September, 2020
City: Tokyo
Company: Fujitsu Limited