Canon is buying a supercomputer for their “no-prototype” product development lifecycle


Canon is buying a supercomputer from Fujitsu that “will play a key role in contributing to Canon’s initiative of no-prototype product development, delivering enhanced capabilities and scope of applicability of analysis in Canon’s product development process.

“With 192 nodes, the new supercomputer is expected to achieve a theoretical computational performance of 648.8 teraflops.”

“Canon hopes that upon completion, the supercomputer will play a key role in its “no-prototype” product development initiative, which is a company-wide plan to only build necessary prototypes and eliminate useless product prototyping through the use of testing virtualisation and simulation technology.”

Here are the details:

TOKYO, Sept. 22, 2020 — Fujitsu Limited today announced that it has received an order for a new supercomputer system from Canon Inc.

The system consists of a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 unit, which harnesses top-class technology from the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku, which was jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu. The new supercomputer will achieve an expected theoretical computational performance of 648.8 teraflops.

PRIMEHPC FX1000, courtesy Fujitsu
Upon completion, the supercomputer will play a key role in contributing to Canon’s initiative of “no-prototype” product development, delivering enhanced capabilities and scope of applicability of analysis in Canon’s product development process.

This system is planned to begin operations in the first half of 2021.

Background

Canon is promoting a “no-prototype” initiative in the development of its products, such as office multifunction devices and other various types of printers, cameras, and semiconductor lithography equipment. To make this initiative a reality, Canon is leveraging 3D CAD data in analytical simulations to evaluate multiple facets of proposed products, including functionality, as well as ease of manufacturing. In the past, Canon has relied on both a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10 system and a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX100 system.

Now, to take its initiative to the next level, Canon has adopted Fujitsu’s PRIMEHPC FX1000 system, which delivers reliable, high performance computing power, with world-leading energy efficiency.

Source: HPCwire, ZDnet

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