Fujitsu announced it's building the "K computer", a new 10 petaFLOPS supercomputer to be completed in late 2012. The system will offer roughly five times the performance of today's most powerful supercomputer, the Jaguar.
The supercomputer is a central part of the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) initiative led by Japan's ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology (MEXT), and is being jointly developed with RIKEN, an independent administrative institution under MEXT. The system is being delivered to the Kobe-based advanced institute for computational science of RIKEN and is expected to begin operations in autumn 2012 following the installation and tuning process.
The supercomputing system will be comprised of more than 800 computer racks, each installed with Fujitsu's SPARC64 VIIIfx central processing units (CPUs). Each of these processors possesses a computational performance of 128 gigaFLOPS, and has a degree of reliability inherited from Fujitsu's mainframe technology. The CPUs are also highly energy efficient, with a world-class processing power of 2.2 gigaFLOPS per watt.