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A success story for more than 30 years


The developments that have taken place in high performance computing over the decades can be described quite simply: Without Fujitsu research, the development of the supercomputer would have been quite different. 

Today Fujitsu is the most experienced and largest provider of HPC solutions in the Asian market, and has been a leading HPC vendor in Europe almost from the beginning, offering customers the know-how it has gained from installing more than 1,200 HPC systems. 

In the 1970s Fujitsu started collaborating with its customers to fulfill many of mankind’s dreams – in aerospace technology, meteorology and astronomy, environment and energy, or in various other fields of enterprise research. A milestone in this long history was undoubtedly the FACOM 230-75APU, the first supercomputer built in Japan by Fujitsu in 1977. Since then Fujitsu’s commitment to high performance computing has become a success story that still continues with remarkable achievements in scalar and vector computing as well as cluster architectures. Outstanding examples of Fujitsu’s development include the Numerical Wind Tunnel (NWT), the world’s fastest vector computer launched in 1993, and the implementation of a Linux cluster in 2004 which was the most powerful of its kind in Japan at that time. In 2011 Fujitsu’s K computer, jointly developed with the Japanese Riken research organization, took the No. 1 position on the TOP500 Supercomputer List and defended this top ranking for many months until June 2012. 

Fujitsu milestones in developing supercomputers for more than three decades

Fujitsu milestones in developing supercomputers for more than three decades

Impressive track record
  • 1977: We developed Japan’s first supercomputer, the "FACOM 230-75APU".
  • 1982 onwards: We released a wide range of vector processing models such as the VP-100 series, VP-200 series and VP2000 series.
  • 1992: We launched the AP1000 with a massively parallel processing architecture based on an industry-standard scalar processor.
  • June 1993: The NWT (Numerical Wind Tunnel) took the number one position on the TOP500 world supercomputer rankings, We developed the NWT in collaboration with NAL (National Aerospace Laboratories, now JAXA).
  • June 1994 – Nov. 1995: NWT retained the number one position.
  • 1993, 1994 and 1995: NWT was also awarded the Gordon Bell Prize.
  • 1993: Our VPP (Vector Parallel Processing) series delivered industry-leading performance based on the world's first vector parallel architecture.
  • 1996: We launched the AP3000 series.
  • 2002: We combined vector supercomputer technology with large-scale scalar server technology to create the world's fastest supercomputer, PRIMEPOWER HPC2500.
  • June 2004: The RSCC (Riken Super Combined Cluster) installed at RIKEN and based on PRIMERGY RX200 cluster nodes ranked Japan’s fastest on the TOP500.
  • Nov. 2008: Our FX1 supercomputer installed at JAXA scored highest for computing efficiency in the TOP500 world rankings.
  • June 2010: The PRIMERGY BX900 cluster installed at JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) ranked Japan’s fastest on the TOP500 score.
  • June and Nov. 2011: The K computer broke the 10 petaflops speed barrier, taking the number one spot in the TOP500 world supercomputer rankings.
  • 2011: We introduced PRIMEHPC FX10, marking the successful commercialization of supercomputing power.