SOURCE: Fujitsu Computer Systems

August 27, 2008 08:00 ET

Fujitsu Donates Supercomputer to the Computer History Museum

Event on Sept. 12 to Celebrate Donation of Technology Developed for the Numerical Wind Tunnel Supercomputer and to Provide an Update on Petascale Computing at Fujitsu

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2008) - Fujitsu has donated to the Computer History Museum several components based on technologies developed for the Numerical Wind Tunnel supercomputer, which was ranked No. 1 when it debuted in the Top 500 Supercomputer Sites list in November 1993. The museum will accept the gift at a dedication ceremony on Sept. 12, 2008, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

The event will feature a discussion of technological contributions to computational fluid dynamics and the direction of petascale computing at Fujitsu. Speakers at the event include:

  • Dr. Rupak Biswas, division chief, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division
  • Dr. Naoki Hirose, Sr. research scientist (retired), National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (currently Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
  • Dr. Kenichi Miura, fellow, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited (former head of Supercomputing Division, Fujitsu America)
  • Mr. Moriyuki Takamura, chief architect VPP/NWT (currently fellow, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited)
  • Mr. Tetsuo Urano, head of American operations, Fujitsu
  • Moderator: Al Zmyslowski, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Fujitsu Computer Systems

The Event
Friday, Sept. 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 noon   Program
  12 noon - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch and Ceremonial Donation of Fujitsu VPP 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 Parts Donation

In 1989, Fujitsu and the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) of Japan began work on a supercomputer aimed to deliver 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, became operational in 1993 and debuted in first place in the TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list in November of the same year. The technology derived from the project ultimately led to the 1993 release of the Fujitsu VPP Series commercial supercomputers, which were then among the fastest in the world. Fujitsu has donated technologies used in its Fujitsu VPP Series supercomputers to the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, Calif.

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 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:

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