A special study of the ripple effects of the K and the post-K (by IDC)
From April to December 2016, IDC (International Data Corporation) investigated the ripple effects of using the K computer and the post-K computer through an evaluation of the financial return-on-investment (ROI) and scientific return-on-research (ROR), using the same methodology applied in similar studies for the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the EU.
The results showed a much higher cost saving ROI compared to other countries, generated by cost savings in such areas as disaster research related to earthquakes and tsunamis, and on the effectiveness of high-cost cancer drugs.
It was also found that Japan leads other countries in ROR innovations, due in part to the priority placed on long-term (5-year) research in national strategic programs and key technologies.
The results of the IDC study were reported at a meeting of the 6th MEXT evaluation committee for the K computer held on December 5, 2016.