The Future HPCI System Research Project was launched to carry out surveys and research on the functions and performance that will be demanded of supercomputers in the years 2018 to 2020, and to propose a science roadmap for meeting these demands. The project began in July 2012 with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and was completed in March 2014.
AICS is in charge of the applications working group, in collaboration with the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. There are three other working groups, centered at Tsukuba University, the University of Toyo, and Tohoku University, who are in charge of system architecture.
As illustrated in the report on future HPCI technological development, which was issued in March 2012 by the working group on HPC technology R&D under the HPCI Project Committee, which was set up within MEXT, in the period from 2018 to 2020, the computing resources available in that time, if based on the technology available today, will be insufficient to meet the need of future computing science applications. There is thus a need for new basic technological development to fill this gap.
Colored part: performance extrapolated from current technological trends
Whole bar: performance required by computational science applications
The four bars show the situation for different types of application