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Japan's Fugaku supercomputer powers up drug discovery, storm forecasts

About 150 companies already using the machine for industrial applications

Fugaku led multiple semiannual supercomputer rankings for two years straight in 2020 and 2021. (Photo courtesy of Riken)

TOKYO -- Discovering new drugs and predicting severe weather are among the tasks the Japanese-built Fugaku, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, has taken on as its applications broaden.

Fugaku will be at the center of a two-year experimental study focused on a pharmaceutical development platform. The government-sponsored project, launched in July, was proposed by the Life Intelligence Consortium, an industry-academia collaboration.

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