With support from Cray Inc (Nasdaq: CRAY), the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP) began offering services 25 January on its newly installed Cray XC40 supercomputer system (292 nodes, 9,344 cores, 343 TFlops, 36.5 TiB).
YITP is a world-renowned center of pioneering research in areas related to elementary particles, atomic nuclei, the universe, and physical properties. It was established in 1952 to commemorate the 1949 awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Dr Hideki Yukawa, the first Japanese national to receive that honor. Dr Yukawa served as YITP's first director, while Dr Toshihide Maskawa, a 2008 Nobel Laureate, had led the institute from 1997 to 2003.
Compared with YITP's older computing system, which was the fastest in western Japan at the time of its introduction, the two-cabinet Cray XC40 is four times more powerful while requiring a quarter of floor space, and boasts other advantages, including superior energy-efficiency and ease of operation.
In addition to supporting research at YITP, the Cray XC40 system is planned to serve as a shared supercomputing resource for scientists across the country.
General configuration of YITP's theoretical physics computing system
Lattice QCD calculation of a nucleon-nucleon potential