Fujitsu Launches ‘Fujitsu Computing as a Service’, Leveraging Fugaku Supercomputer

TOKYO, April 5, 2022 — Fujitsu announced today (April 6 in Tokyo) the launch of its new service portfolio “Fujitsu Computing as a Service (CaaS)” to accelerate digital transformation (DX) and empower customers to world-class by offering access to some of the world’s most advanced computing technologies via the cloud for business use.

CaaS services portfolio

The new service encompasses advanced computing resources such as Fujitsu’s quantum-inspired Digital Annealer technology, the computing technology at the heart of the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku, and software applications that enable a wide range of users to intelligently solve problems. artificial and machine learning. Fujitsu will begin delivery of these new services to the Japanese market from October 2022 with a global rollout to international regions including Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas to follow.

As a first step, Fujitsu will begin pre-orders for “Fujitsu Cloud Service HPC”, which offers the computing power of the “Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000”, which shares the same CPU at the heart of the Fugaku supercomputer. Fujitsu will begin sales of the service to the general public and organizations in Japan from April 6, 2022, with delivery beginning in October. In the coming months, Fujitsu will add more services for its Digital Annealer technology and AI cloud services to its service lineup to provide more value-added services that seamlessly integrate various solutions.

Vivek Mahajan, Chief Technology Officer (Corporate Chief Executive Officer, SEVP) of Fujitsu Limited, comments: “CaaS will provide customers with seamless access to public cloud services to meet growing computing demands, leveraging industry-leading advanced computing technologies. Fujitsu world. In the future, we look to further expand the portfolio with access to technologies such as quantum computing. This move marks an important milestone towards the democratization of high-performance and quantum computing and will play an important role in achieving Fujitsu’s Purpose: ‘to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation’” .

To realize the vision of a more sustainable world embodied by its global trademark “FUJITSU Uvance”, Fujitsu will turn to CaaS to promote the commercial use of a range of advanced computing technologies, which until now have been largely limited to applications in an academic context due in part to prohibitively high investment costs and implementation and operational burdens.

Fujitsu anticipates that CaaS will contribute to solving societal problems as well as persistent challenges in a wide range of industries, including finance, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, disaster prevention (including earthquake and tsunami prediction), and medical fields such as drug discovery and gene therapy.

Democratizing High Performance Computing: Lowering the Barrier to Entry

Cost remains a major hurdle for many companies and organizations looking to apply advanced computing technologies like Fujitsu’s Digital Annealer and high-performance computing (HPC) to their business. To address this issue, Fujitsu will offer users easy access to a range of services under its new CaaS portfolio, enabling users across a wide range of industries to easily harness the power of Fujitsu’s advanced computing technologies.

CaaS scheme

The CaaS cloud service portfolio represents one of the main pillars of Fujitsu’s “Uvance” brand to create a sustainable world and solve social problems through digital innovation.

The service portfolio will offer end-to-end support for clients, with software, a service integration platform, as well as consulting and tuning services that operate in the cloud. This allows users to enjoy world-class troubleshooting capabilities and access to computing resources without the implementation and operational costs typically associated with technologies such as supercomputers.

Features of “Fujitsu Cloud Service HPC”

“Fujitsu Cloud Service HPC” gives users access to PRIMEHPC FX1000, Fujitsu’s supercomputer model that uses technologies cultivated through the design of the world’s most powerful supercomputer, Fugaku.

Fujitsu also provides support services that come standard with a set of software and libraries to help customers implement HPC. On the operational side, Fujitsu also offers application analysis and performance tuning services to support customers who focus on research and analysis.

1. On-demand HPC services for access to high-performance computing at any time– Compute nodes(1), login nodes, job scheduler, storage, and application software for HPC are configured in advance (users do not have to create their own HPC environment and only need to prepare data necessary for analysis)– Users pay only for what they need

2. Professional technical and operational support to ensure ease of use– Technical support based on Fujitsu’s decades of operational experience in high-performance computing, including knowledge gained through the development of the Fugaku supercomputer (supporting customers with no prior knowledge to get the most benefit from HPC through on-site support) library and software installation and tuning services)– Development of HPC usage plans tailored to customers’ business plans

3. High compatibility with the Fugaku supercomputer to accelerate R&D and deployment of cutting-edge technologies in society– Simple transfer of research results generated on the Fugaku supercomputer to CaaS services to speed up practical application in society (CPU, job scheduler, file system, compiler, application software and APIs common to Fugaku are available)– Users planning large-scale research and analysis projects can migrate to Fugaku in the future with the same operability

Future plans

Building on its new portfolio of “CaaS” services, Fujitsu plans to conduct trials with organizations and enterprises to optimize designs for the manufacturing industry and optimize drug discovery for pharmaceutical companies.

Fujitsu also aims to contribute to solving various societal problems by helping customers manage, digitize and integrate ever-increasing amounts of complex data in their business through secure 5G networks and beyond 5G and by providing advanced AI technologies, Digital Annealer and quantum computing for real-time processing of digital data.

“Fugaku was developed as a supercomputer that features the latest high-performance computing technology and is used in research and development with the aim of realizing DX and Society 5.0 to contribute to the fulfillment of various SDGs,” said Satoshi Matsuoka, Director of the Science Center. Computational, RIKEN. “Over the last two years, 149 companies have already used Fugaku in 48 use cases primarily in manufacturing, including test operations before large-scale deployment. The demand for technology capabilities that Fugaku offers continues to grow, coinciding with successful use cases in the move to the cloud. We are working with Fujitsu to make their CaaS highly compatible with Fugaku to support such requirements, and we hope that CaaS will become an important service to quickly connect R&D at Fugaku with industrial use and practical implementation in society. In the future, we will collaborate with Fujitsu to create even more synergies with Fugaku with this new service to seamlessly deliver its capabilities in the cloud.”

(1) Node: The smallest unit of computing resources that an operating system can run on a supercomputer.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is Japan’s leading information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 126,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our clients. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenue of 3.6 trillion yen (US$34 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. For more information, see www.fujitsu.com.


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