Japan plans to build world's fastest supercomputer

Japan plans to build the world's fastest supercomputer

The Japanese want to catch up with Chinese and South Korean tech

Friday, November 25, 2016

Japan is planning to build the world's fastest supercomputer, to help develop driverless cars and robots.

The computer should make 130 quadrillion calculations per second and the country will spend £139 million on it, according to Sky News.

It reported that it will have 130 petaflops, a computing speed unit, in comparison to China's Sunway Taihulight capable of 93 petaflops.

Creating the compter is part of a government policy to keep up with China and South Korea, who currently have the world's best-performing computers.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling for politicians and companies to work together so Japan can do well in areas like artificial intelligence.

Building the computer could begin early next year.