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Japan: Fastest supercomputer to model tsunamis

Japan: Fastest supercomputer to model tsunamis

The Japanese supercomputer is able to model potential flooding caused by tsunamis, in an attempt to improve a region’s safety, The Springwise has learned.

Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, was made by engineers from the International Research Institute of Disaster Science at Tohoku University, the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, and Fujitsu Laboratories.

The smartest ever computer is being used in a new joint initiative to develop an AI model that could predict tsunami flooding, said Fujitsu Laboratories.

In conjunction with the RIKEN Center for Computational Science, Fujitsu offers the low power consumption supercomputer that will be used to advance drug discovery infrastructure. The smart machine is able to model climate change and to help solve other scientific issues.

As a part of this work, the new joint initiative has carried out several high-resolution tsunami simulations. In other words, it is much easier and cheaper now to make predictions on flood conditions in coastal areas before the tsunami reaches landfall.

For Japan, leveraging the exceptionally fast computing power of the supercomputer Fugaku is relly useful. The project members generated training data for 20,000 possible tsunami scenarios.

«By training an AI model with these 20,000 data sets, it was possible to … predict the flooding of land areas with similarly high resolution from tsunami waveform data observed offshore at the time of an earthquake,” Fugaku’s statement says.