Japan kicks off AI supercomputer project



Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer



The country said it was planning to spend 19.5bn yen (£140m) to create the AI Bridging Cloud computer (AIBC).


It hopes the AIBC will run at a speed of 130 petaflops - outpacing China's Sunway TaihuLight machine, which is currently the world's fastest. It is not clear yet what processors will form the core of the machine. Japanese businesses will be able to buy time on the machine to help their own internal research efforts. The government hopes this will stop them turning to US companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google when they are looking for a ready source of supercomputer power.

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