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Fugaku continues to achieve top rankings

November 17, 2022

Japan’s supercomputer Fugaku took top place in two rankings—HPCG and Graph 500—as well as the number two spot on the Top500 ranking and third place on the HPL-AI benchmarks. These rankings, announced at SC22 in Dallas, Texas, show that Fugaku continues to maintain its place at the top of the supercomputing world.

Fugaku is being used in projects aimed at overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as in work aimed at the development of Society 5.0, and research aimed at the further development of high-performance computing, such as the fusion of classical and quantum computation, is also expected.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2022/20220530_3/index.html

Magazine: RIKEN Research (Fall 2022 issue)

“RIKEN Research” is a quarterly English-language publication, highlighting the latest research at RIKEN labs and centers. You can download the PDF of the latest and the past printed issues at RIKEN Research archives.

To search RIKEN’s latest and past research news by year/research fields, please visit at Research News.

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In research collaboration with NTU Singapore, RIKEN developed Robobug: a rechargeable, remote-controllable cyborg cockroach

September 08, 2022

In collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Waseda University in Japan, RIKEN has developed a technology that allows thin, soft solar cells and electronic components to be placed on the backs of insects for recharging and wireless communication. This technology allows cyborg insects with sensors to detect people without worrying about running out of battery power, such as when searching for victims in inaccessible areas.

>>Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/research_news/pr/2022/20220905_2/index.html

>> RIKEN press release in Japanese: 再充電可能なサイボーグ昆虫



>>Supplementary movies are provided in the article:

Integration of body-mounted ultrasoft organic solar cell on cyborg insects with intact mobility https://www.nature.com/articles/s41528-022-00207-2

Celebrating the mutual research collaborations between RIKEN and NTU

RIKEN – NTU Neuroscience Workshop held in Singapore

September 08, 2022

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the mutual research collaboration agreement and showcasing of the research works by the members of the RIKEN – NTU Joint Research Centres, RIKEN – NTU Neuroscience Workshop was held by hybrid form at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Lee Kong Chang School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) in Singapore on September 05, 2022. At the on-site workshop, which was co-organised by RIKEN and NTU LKCMedicine, having Mr Yoshiaki TAKAHASHI, Minister, Embassy of Japan in Singapore as a guest of honour, five RIKEN scientists presented their research works together with their research collaborators in Singapore. The workshop spanned a wide range of disciplines, not only in medicine and biology, but also in chemistry and engineering. At the end of the lively and successful workshop, the RIKEN – NTU Joint Research Centre co-Directors Prof Atsushi IRIKI from RIKEN and Prof Kah Leong LIM from NTU promised to further deepen their cooperation, both in terms of research and the exchange of young researchers between the two research institutions.

>>Read more at http://www.sg.riken.jp/category/2022 .

Above left : RIKEN – NTU Neuroscience Workshop onsite

Above right : Workshop participants group photo taken at the workshop venue at LKCMedicine

President Gonokami issues “RIKEN’s Vision on the 2030 Horizon”

August 24, 2022

Makoto Gonokami
President, RIKEN

“RIKEN’s Vision on the 2030 Horizon”.

RIKEN, Japan’s premier scientific research institute, seeks to be a place where scientists conduct the research that they themselves wish to pursue, research that coincides with the creation of knowledge needed to secure humanity’s future, a place where science and society converge and deepen mutual trust.

>>Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/about/president/index.html

Greetings from the President : https://www.riken.jp/en/about/president/index.html

RIKEN at a Glance 2022

Our latest English pamphlet is now online.

Please visit https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/pubs/pamphlets/index.html .

Fugaku takes top honors on HPCG and Graph500 rankings for fifth consecutive term

June 17, 2022

The supercomputer Fugaku, which RIKEN began providing for shared use in March 2021, has taken the No. 1 place for the fifth consecutive term on the High Performance Conjugate Gradient (HPCG) and Graph500 rankings. It also ranked second in the TOP500 and HPL-AI rankings. This result was based on the Fugaku’s full specifications (432 racks, 158,976 nodes). These results were announced on May 30 at ISC 2022, an international conference on high-performance computing held at the Congress Center Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany, and online.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2022/20220530_3/index.html

Fourier Intelligence visited RIKEN Singapore Office

May 30, 2022

On April 21, 2022, Ms. Sarah LIM, Assistant Director, Support Services and Mr. Jake KEE, Assistant Director, Operations from Fourier Intelligence International visited RIKEN Singapore Office and discussed a potential collaboration with RIKEN with Dr. Takashi KAWABE, Director, RIKEN Singapore Office. Fourier Intelligence group focuses on rehabilitation robotics solutions, including upper and lower limb exoskeletons. With many joint research laboratories around the world, the group is building a network of engineers, researchers, and clinicians to chart the new frontier of innovative medical technologies.  

(Photo from left to right) Ms. Sarah LIM, Fourier Intelligence; Dr. Takashi KAWABE, Director, RIKEN Singapore; Mr. Jake KEE , Fourier Intelligence

Call for new RIKEN Network members!

Call for new RIKEN Network members!

We are expanding RIKEN Alumni network from Singapore to Southeast Asia and South Asia. We are also calling for non-Alumni network membership application for those who are not RIKEN Alumni but are interested in RIKEN’s activities/news and research collaborations with RIKEN in the region.

>> Read more at http://www.sg.riken.jp/riken_network_membership

Call for RIKEN Hakubi Fellows – Junior PI Program (FY2023)

May 2, 2022

RIKEN offers junior Principal Investigator (PI) positions, the RIKEN Hakubi Fellows, for exceptionally talented researchers for a maximum of 7 years.

Online registration deadline : July 7, 2022 (24:00 JST)
Upload of application documents deadline : July 14, 2022 (15:00 JST)

For more information, please visit https://www.riken.jp/en/careers/programs/hakubi/hakubi2023/.

COVID-19 related research at RIKEN (Updated April 1, 2022)

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.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/covid-19-rd/ .

RIKEN joined SuperComputing Asia 2022 in Singapore

March 1-3, 2022

From 1 March to 3 March 2022, RIKEN participated in the SuperComputing Asia 2022 (SCA2022) .The annual conference was held as a hybrid event at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. Co-organised by supercomputing centres of the region including those in Australia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand and anchored by the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, the SuperComputing Asia incorporates a number of important supercomputing and allied events that together aim to promote a vibrant and shared high-performance computing (HPC) ecosystem, for both the public and private sectors, in Asia.

In the conference, Prof. Satoshi Matsuoka, Director, RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) joined as a steering committee member and virtually as one of key speakers in five sessions. Also from R-CCS, Prof. Makoto Tsubokura, Team Leader, contributed to the conference opening ceremony as a keynote speaker, while Dr. Fumiyoshi Shoji, Division Director and Unit Leader, gave an brief introduction on Fugaku operation and services. At the conference venue, RIKEN R-CCS set up a booth featuring the world’s fastest supercomputer Fugaku and received various inquiries about Fugaku and possible international research collaborations.

Above : RIKEN R-CCS Fugaku booth at SCA 2022 venue is ready to receive visitors.

Above : Booth display to access information about Fugaku. A PDF file of the display (QR codes) can be found at http://www.sg.riken.jp/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Fugaku_The-Flagship-Supercomputer-of-Japan.pdf(863KB)

At SCA 2022 venue: (left) Mr. Eugene LOW, Deputy Director, Marketing & Engagement, NSCC (right) Dr. Takashi KAWABE, Director, RIKEN Singapore Office
At SCA 2022 venue:
(left) Dr. Takashi KAWABE, Director, RIKEN Singapore Office (right) Mr. Kyota INOUE, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Singapore/ Japan Creative Centre

RIKEN joins Wellcome Leap Global Network

December 15, 2021

RIKEN has become a member of the Leap Health Breakthrough Network, a global group of academic and research institutions around the world working to tackle the world’s most serious health challenges at record speed, based on the idea of “leaps ahead.” RIKEN is the first Japanese institute to join this network, whose goal is to build and execute bold, unconventional programs that aim to deliver breakthroughs in human health over five to 10 years, demonstrating “seemingly impossible results on seemingly impossible timelines.” A key feature of the system is that Program Directors are given significant leeway in the direction of projects.

The Master Academic Research Funding Agreement (MARFA), which sets the terms and conditions of the partnership between RIKEN and Wellcome Leap, was signed on September 15. Based on this, RIKEN researchers have become eligible to apply for funding as part of the network, which also includes major global institutes in human health research such as Harvard University, MIT, the Francis Crick Institute, Karolinska Institute, and A*STAR. The MARFA allows projects to be started rapidly, without going through a long process of negotiation over intellectual property and the publication of research results.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2021/20211116_3/index.html

Supercomputer Fugaku earns top rank on key machine learning benchmark

December 3, 2021

The supercomputer Fugaku earned the top rank on CosmoFlow, one of the MLPerf HPC benchmarks that are used to gauge a supercomputer’s capability in the area of large-scale machine learning processing. Remarkably, this feat was achieved using just half of Fugaku’s capability—the remaining resources being used simultaneously for other projects—and the system still achieved a score 1.77 times faster than its closest rival.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2021/20211116_3/index.html

Fugaku extends its reign as champion of supercomputers

December 1, 2021

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 fourth consecutive term. At SC21, a hybrid high-performance computing event being held in St. Louis in the United States and online, 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.

>> Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/news/2021/20211116_3/index.html