Jun 4, 2013

Supercomputer used to simulate disaster evacuations

by Minoru Matsutani

University of Tokyo researchers have used the K supercomputer to develop a simulation for mass evacuations in case of tsunami. The simulation will help when designing buildings and roads to achieve smooth navigation for a massive number of people moving in the same direction, ...

Are supercomputers worth their super price tags?

Feb 12, 2012

Are supercomputers worth their super price tags?

by Tomoko Otake

“Why do we have to aim for the world’s No. 1 — what’s wrong with being the world’s No. 2?” Ever since that short question about Japan’s vaunted K computer was posed live on national television in November 2009, Japan’s policymakers have been haunted ...