In response to the COVID-19 crisis, RIKEN is putting its research infrastructure and resources to work in a number of areas, including the development of more effective diagnostic kits, publication of data to contribute to the development of effective therapies, and other research to help people and communities get through the crisis.
The supercomputer Fugaku—aptly named after Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji—maintained its place at the top of the high-performance computing world for the third consecutive term. At ISC2021, an online high-performance computing event, it was awarded first place on the TOP500 list—the best known supercomputing benchmark, as well as HPCG, a measure of supercomputer performance on real-world applications, and HPL-AI, which ranks computers on artificial intelligence related tasks, and Graph500, which gauges a computer’s ability to handle data-intensive loads. Fugaku, which was jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu Limited, began to be used for shared use in March this year.
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Reconstructing emotion: from molecules and circuits to concepts
・Lecture course (virtual): June 28 to July 2, 2021
・Application deadline: March 5, 2021 (23:59JST)
The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. The course consists of an intensive 5-day lecture series featuring distinguished international faculty and a poster session to be put on by the program participants. The program will be offered in a hybrid format in which students and lecturers can attend virtually or in-person this year.
For more information, please visit: https://cbs.riken.jp/en/summer/
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) will host an international symposium themed “Hope for the Future – RIKEN Symposium on Sustainable Resource Science -” and would like you to join this online symposium.
Keynote Lecture “The Future Society Engendered
by Lithium-ion Batteries ” is presented by Dr. Akira Yoshino (Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 / Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corporation).
Friday, May 28, 2021 9:00 am to 5:50 pm JST (8:00 am to 4:50 pm SGT)
Organizer: RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS)
* English and Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation from English to Japanese)
* Pre-registration is required from the page of “Registration“.
Live-stream on YouTube https://youtu.be/5Gz8GOyqVVQ
* English only
* Free to access
>> For more information, please visit at http://www.csrs.riken.jp/en/symposium/index.html .
April 19, 2021
Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research have developed a new technology that can be used to diagnose COVID-19 in just minutes, by detecting single molecules of the virus RNA. Unlike the most commonly used method today, PCR, it does not require amplification of the RNA.
The RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing (RQC) explores the frontier of quantum technologies through the research and development of quantum computers as innovative information processing units based on the principles of quantum mechanics. Our full-stack approach covers broad aspects of the research and development from hardware to software and from basic science to applications.
>> For more information, visit at https://rqc.riken.jp/en/ .
On March 9, 2021, the development of the supercomputer Fugaku was completed, and shared use of the machine began. The computer, currently ranked as the most powerful in the world, was developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu starting in 2014, with the mission of becoming the core of Japan’s High Performance Computing Infrastructure, an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
・Starting work in FY2022 (April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023) for 3 years contract at RIKEN laboratories in Japan
April 8, 2021 (Japan Time) 【Extended! 】5 pm April 22 Thursday, 2021 (Japan Time)
RIKEN is currently accepting applications for the FY 2022 Special Postdoctoral Researcher (SPDR) Program, from young, creative, independent researchers who will be a powerful force in furthering RIKEN’s research activities.
For more information, please visit SPDR program website.
RIKEN strives to provide the best and most exciting opportunities for young scientists in the crucially important early stages of their career. To find out more programs for Junior Scientists, please visit https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs.
>>Young researchers talk about their life at RIKEN. Watch it at YouTube RIKEN English Channel:
November 30, 2020
New collaboration between RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS), Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) and National Computing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, will allow Singapore scientists to directly tap on the HPC resources of Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer to do ground breaking research, enhance educational activities and develop talent in high performance computing (HPC).
>> Open call information from RIST to the Global HPC communities on how to access Fugaku
Video tutorial : How to Access World Fastest Supercomputer Fugaku
November 17, 2020
The supercomputer Fugaku, which is being developed jointly by RIKEN and Fujitsu Limited based on Arm® technology, has again taken the top spot on the major high-performance computer rankings, including the Top500 list, in all of the rankings posting much higher scores than the runners-up. The other rankings are HPCG, a ranking of supercomputers running real-world applications, HPL-AI, which ranks supercomputers based on their performance capabilities for tasks typically used in artificial intelligence applications, and Graph 500, which ranks systems based on data-intensive loads. It also posted the highest score by far on the Graph 500 ranking. The awards were announced on November 16 (Japan time) at the SC20 High-Performance Computing Conference, currently being held as an online event.
>> Full media release can be found at RIKEN website : https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2020/20201117_2/index.html
June 23, 2020
The supercomputer Fugaku, which is being developed jointly by RIKEN and Fujitsu Limited based on Arm® technology, has taken the top spot on the Top500 list, a ranking of the world’s fastest supercomputers. It also swept the other rankings of supercomputer performance, taking first place on the HPCG, a ranking of supercomputers running real-world applications, HPL-AI, which ranks supercomputers based on their performance capabilities for tasks typically used in artificial intelligence applications, and Graph 500, which ranks systems based on data-intensive loads. This is the first time in history that the same supercomputer has become No.1 on Top500, HPCG, and Graph500 simultaneously. The awards were announced on June 22 at the ISC High Performance 2020 Digital, an international high-performance computing conference.
>>Full media release can be found at RIKEN website : https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2020/20200623_1/index.html