Next Generation Computing

Creating new ICT systems for the digital era

We are facing a computing conundrum. On the one hand, semiconductor microfabrication technology is approaching its physical limit, and Moore's Law is coming to an end. On the other, the demands made by AI and media processing for computational power are increasing exponentially. In addition, we are also seeing a host of new challenges in the digital era for ICT systems that support businesses and services. These range from the cost of storing and distributing huge amounts of unstructured data, to the construction and operation of services that span the edges, on-premises, and in clouds.

Fujitsu Laboratories is researching new ground-breaking paradigms and architectures that will solve problems that conventional computing technologies simply cannot tackle. For example, the advent of the "K computer" has already advanced heart simulation and genome analysis beyond what was previously imaginable. It does not stop here. In the future, we will provide dynamic new ICT infrastructures, focused on utilizing the exploding volume of data, as well as new ICT solutions in the 5G era. Our pioneering research also encompasses innovative technologies that introduce completely new approaches, such as the "quantum computer".

  • Anticipating future computing requirements

    Computing performance is already being substantively enhanced by a wide range of techniques such as parallel processing, accelerators, and high-speed calculation algorithms. These achieve performance improvements without relying on semiconductor microfabrication, but do require expert intervention in order to optimize their operation.

    Fujitsu Laboratories is adopting a different approach, building on the proven platform of Fujitsu’s strengths in supercomputers, domain-specific accelerator technologies, new data processing architectures, and edge computing technologies. Our aim is to achieve extraordinarily high computing performance through the application of parallel processing technologies on a massive scale. In addition, we are working to create an environment that ensures every level of software programmer can use the technology to achieve significant performance improvements.

    Our R&D initiatives spotlight problem-solving at every layer of a user’s ICT system. For next generation computing, we have developed DLU: our Deep Learning domain-specific accelerator and parallel technology. Our intelligent data store technology sets new levels of performance and reduces storage costs via its hierarchical data storage characteristics based on data content. Our real-time edge computing utilizes edge-side resources to set new standards.

  • Looking to the future of ICT solutions

    The evolution of telecommunication standards has created an exciting new generation of digital services. We have moved from the original mobile phone IP connection service, redolent of the 2G era, through the 3G phase with its emphasis on images and music, to video distribution with LTE. Today, we are seeing growth in 4K and 8K video services as we enter the new world of 5G with its 10Gbps communication. We will without doubt see significant improvements in terms of the available resolution for surveillance cameras and in-vehicle recorders, with high-speed face authentication at a scale of 10 million people becoming entirely feasible.

    Our activities already span high-speed and massive-capacity communications, and we are embarking projects that reflect 5G’s ultra-low latency and high reliability features. Combined with the Local 5G capable of building its own network, this technology enables wireless use in mission-critical industrial areas. Fujitsu Laboratories is actively engaged in the development of a range of important 5G-related technologies – including automatic analysis technology for high-resolution images; edge computing technology that maximizes the ultra-low latency of 5G, and 5G wireless automatic setting and operation technology, which realizes highly reliable communications. Our pioneering work in establishing these technologies will help to maximize 5G performance and achieve digital transformation.

    The aim of next generation computing is to achieve improved cost performance for all ICT systems, incorporating new paradigms and architectures as well as technologies deriving directly from large-scale and leading-edge systems development. A prime example of this is the "Fugaku" supercomputer, which is scheduled to become operational in 2021.

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