SOURCE: Fujitsu Computer Systems

September 12, 2008 08:00 ET

Fujitsu Donates Supercomputer Processors to Computer History Museum

Sept. 12 Event Celebrates Donation of Processors Developed for the Numerical Wind Tunnel and the VPP Series Supercomputers, and Provides an Update on Petascale Computing at Fujitsu

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 12, 2008) - Fujitsu has donated to the Computer History Museum several processor components developed for the Numerical Wind Tunnel (NWT) and the Fujitsu VPP series supercomputer, VPP500, VPP300/700, and VPP5000. The NWT ranked No. 1 in the world when it debuted in the Top 500 Supercomputer Sites list in November 1993. The museum will accept the gift at 10 a.m. today at a ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., which will also feature a discussion of NWT/VPP contributions to computational fluid dynamics advancement, and the direction of petascale computing at Fujitsu.

Speaking at the event will be: Dr. Rupak Biswas, division chief, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division; Mr. Tetsuo Urano, head of American operations, Fujitsu; Mr. Moriyuki Takamura, chief architect NWT/VPP (currently fellow, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited); Dr. Naoki Hirose, Sr. research scientist (retired), National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) of Japan; and Dr. Kenichi Miura, fellow, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited (former head of Supercomputing Division, Fujitsu America). The event will be moderated by Al Zmyslowski, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Fujitsu Computer Systems.

"We are extremely grateful that Fujitsu has chosen to make this important contribution to the museum," said John Hollar, president and chief executive officer at the Computer History Museum. "As home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, we are excited to receive this testament to the technical prowess of Fujitsu and the Japanese computing industry."

"We are very proud of the key role Fujitsu has played in the history of supercomputing, and equally proud to make this important piece of that history part of the wonderful collection of the Computer History Museum. We are also grateful for NAL's leadership and cooperation in this endeavor," said Farhat Ali, president and CEO, Fujitsu Computer Systems. "Without a doubt, computing has changed every part of society in every corner of the globe, and it is vital that we understand this evolution and preserve all that we can."

The Event

Friday, September 12, 2008

Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043

   9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Registration
   10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon  Program
   12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch and Ceremonial Donation of Fujitsu
                            VPP/NAL NWT Supercomputer to Computer History
                            Museum
   1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.    Optional Special Tour of the Visible Storage
                            Exhibit at the Museum

Background on the Supercomputer Donation

In 1989, Fujitsu and the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) of Japan began work on a supercomputer aimed at delivering computational fluid dynamics performance more than 100 times faster than the Fujitsu VP400 vector processor computer, one of the fastest machines of the time. The resulting system, the Numerical Wind Tunnel (NWT), went into operation on February 1, 1993, and debuted in first place in the Top 500 Supercomputer Sites list in November of the same year, in addition to winning the Gordon Bell Prizes in 1994, 1995, and 1996.

The technology derived from the NWT project ultimately led to the 1993 release of the Fujitsu VPP500 commercial supercomputer, which was succeeded by the VPP300/700 and the VPP5000. The VPP Series supercomputers were used for fluid dynamics computation, weather forecasting, and other numerical simulations by organizations worldwide that required the fastest supercomputers to run performance-intensive applications. Such organizations include the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the French Meteorological Office (METEO FRANCE) and the Australian National University.

Fujitsu is now donating, in cooperation with former NAL researchers, Processing Elements (PE) and Crossbar Boards -- integral parts of the ground-breaking NAL NWT/Fujitsu VPP Series supercomputers -- to the Computer History Museum.

About the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Calif., is a nonprofit organization with a 29-year history. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.

CHM brings computing history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, onsite tours, as well as physical and online exhibits. Current exhibits include "Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2," "Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess," "Innovation in the Valley" -- a look at Silicon Valley startups -- and the unique "Visible Storage Gallery," featuring over 600 key objects from the collection. The signature "Timeline of Computing History" exhibit will open in late 2009.

For more information, visit www.computerhistory.org or call 650-810-1010.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 160,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.3 trillion yen (US$53 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.

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