Press Release Contact:- Chris Shimizu NEC Corporation TEL :81-3-3798-6511 FAX :81-3-3457-7249 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org ***** For Immediate Use May 30, 2000
World's Most Powerful Ultra Computer Being Manufactured to Resolve Global Environmental Problems
NEC today announced receipt of an order for the manufacture of the ultra-high-speed parallel computing system known as the Earth Simulator. The Earth Simulator is being developed as a project of the Earth Simulator Research and Development Centerc (ESRDC). ESRDC is a collaboration of the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI), and Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC).
The Earth Simulator project is designed to enable environmental research through analysis and simulation of the global environment through the realization of a "virtual planet earth" that will enable accurate modeling of geophysical, climate and weather related phenomena. To achieve this level of simulation capability, the Science and Technology Agency of Japan (STA) initiated the Earth Simulator Project in 1997. The goal of the project was to foster the development of a computational resource that could achieve a thousand times higher performance for meteorological, geophysical, and environmental applications compared to the then available computers.
The Earth Simulator Ultra Computer will be installed in a new building now under construction in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. It will be operational in March 2002 and is expected to be the most powerful computer in the world at that time with its maximum performance of 40 TeraFLOPS (40 trillion operations per second).
Some of the main characteristics of the Earth Simulator Ultra Computer are:
The Earth Simulator was conceived to contribute to the resolution of global environmental problems and to establish accurate prediction of natural disasters and catastrophes. Through this process, better countermeasures can be put into place to mitigate economic and human loses caused by such events as earthquakes, typhoons, El Nino, atmospheric and marine pollution, greenhouse effects of the atmosphere, torrential rainfall and icy precipitation (hailstones), and global warming, as examples. It will also provide an outstanding research tool in explaining terrestrial phenomena such as geological changes, changes in the earth's crust, the genesis of earthquakes and the counter-current motion of the earth's mantle, and for investigating possible relationships between utilizing atomic energy and changes of global environment.
The unprecedented computational power of the Earth Simulator will enable new possibilities in the analysis of all environmentally related phenomenon. The Earth Simulator will make an outstanding contribution to resolving the problems of the global environment.
NEC was initially selected to perform the basic design work for the Ultra Computer in 1997, for the technology research and development in 1998, for detailed design work in 1999, and now for the manufacture and implementation of the system.
The beginning of the manufacturing process of the Earth Simulator Ultra Computer underscores the commitment and contribution Japan has accepted in serving the nation, and the world in general, in finding solutions to the problems of the global environment. It is a mission NEC accepts with a sense of great pride and honor in the realization of the need for a company-wide commitment to international society.
For further information on the Earth Simulator Research and Development Center visit them on the Internet at http://www.gaia.jaeri.go.jp. Information on NEC's commercial supercomputers can be found at http://www.hpc.comp.nec.co.jp/sx5/index.html