Fujitsu VPP5000 Series HPC Server to help Toyota cut new vehicle development time
TOKYO, 9 March 2000 -- Fujitsu Limited today announced
that it has received an order from Toyota Motor Corporation for a multi-
processor VPP5000 Series HPC Server -- the world's fastest vector supercomputer
-- which it has installed and will be fully operational later this month.
Fujitsu VPP5000 system selected by Toyota comprises 30 vector processing
elements (PEs)*1 and has a theoretical maximum performance
of 288 gigaflops (GFLOPS)*2. With 320 gigabytes of memory
installed, it will be the world's largest supercomputer system installed in a
Toyota has previously used a Cray Research supercomputer for crash analysis
and vibration analysis, and a Fujitsu VPP300 system for fluid analysis and press
analysis. The installation of the Fujitsu VPP5000 supercomputer will allow all
these analytical tasks to be integrated into the new system.
Fujitsu VPP5000 system is expected to help greatly reduce the time required for
carrying out advanced crash safety, ride comfort and environmental impact
analyses, tasks that have become increasingly burdensome in the new car
development process. In so doing, the system will help Toyota further improve
vehicle performance, while contributing to significant reductions in development
costs and time.
In tests of Toyota's analytical applications, Fujitsu's VPP5000 system
demonstrated very high performance, topping previous processing speeds by a
factor of five. In addition, the software vendors who are providing the
analytical applications are collaborating closely with Fujitsu to implement
comprehensive system support.
400 sold worldwide
Fujitsu has sold more than 400 supercomputer systems worldwide.
are being used by a wide range of users, which include not only automobile
manufacturers but also makers of electrical machinery, users in the heavy
industry and construction fields, as well as universities and research
institutes. Fujitsu is currently the vector supercomputer market leader in Japan
and ranks second worldwide.
According to Fujitsu, the installation of the VPP5000 system for Toyota
reflects growing demand for analytical high-performance computing systems in the
automotive industry, a segment toward which Fujitsu intends to expand its sales
Fujitsu's VPP5000 Series supercomputer has a maximum performance of 9.6
gigaflops per each processor, and has the world's fastest vector CMOS processor.
The series is at the leading edge of supercomputer technology, with scalability
to 512 processors, and maximum performance of 4.9 teraflops (TFLOPS)*3.
|*1: PE (processing element) ||- An arithmetic unit|
|*2: GFLOPS (gigaflops) ||- Computing performance of one billion |
operations per second
|*3: TFLOPS (teraflops) ||- Computing performance of one trillion |