The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has been engaged in a variety of research and development of marine and earth-science: climate, weather, marine, earthquake including earth-core, deep sea biology and others, as one of Japan’s government research institutes covering a broad spectrum of marine science and technology. To promote these research and development activities, we have some research facilities such as research vessels, manned research submersible, deep-sea drilling vessels and supercomputers.
Have you ever heard of our supercomputer, “Earth Simulator"? The 1st generation Earth Simulator was developed by three government agencies including JAMSTEC as a national project of Japan. The 1st generation Earth Simulator started its operation in March 2002, and was ranked #1 in the TOP500 five times from June 2002 to June 2004. Since then, Earth Simulator has been repeatedly upgraded, and as of November 2020, the 3rd generation Earth Simulator is in operation. By March 2021, the installation of the new 4th generation Earth Simulator will be completed.
In this JAMSTEC booth, we will introduce the system configuration of the 4th generation Earth Simulator, the comparison with the current Earth Simulator and the evaluation of its application performance as the main topics. In addition to the Earth Simulator, we also operate another supercomputer for data analysis mainly. The supercomputer is called Data Analyzer System(DA System). By utilizing these supercomputers, in addition to numerical simulations, we also conduct a number of data analyses, including the analysis of big data on the marine and global environment, machine learning, AI, bioinformatics and statistical methods to explore the entire parameter space. Over the past ten years, the Earth Simulator series has produced a wide range of research results, from research on the greenhouse effect, global warming, and disaster prevention/reduction to efforts on the SDGs. We will also introduce these research results and the dataset produced on our supercomputers.