Japan to Deploy World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer for Fusion Research

Posted by Megalith 11:40 AM (CDT)

Sunday March 18, 2018

Japan’s National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology has announced that they will be utilizing a Cray XC50 in its effort to advance nuclear fusion research and development. The supercomputer, which is powered entirely by Skylake Xeon CPUs, offers four petaflops of peak performance and will be tasked with running physics codes.

Fusion energy is still a way off. ITER’s first plasma reactor is not scheduled to be operational until 2035 and is expected to cost billions of dollars. But proponents think the investment is more than worth it. Potentially, nuclear fusion could supply the world’s energy demands for more than 1,000 years.