TOP About R-CCS History
RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) (previously Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS)) was established in July 2010 with aims to operate the K computer as a shared facility, collaborate and integrate the fields of computational science and computer science, as well as to form an international research base for advanced scientific studies and technological breakthroughs.
The K computer was positioned as the core of innovative high performance computing infrastructure (HPCI) promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and had been utilized by many researchers and industrial users for about seven years since its launch in September 2012. It contributed tremendously to scientific development, and now Fugaku, its successor supercomputer, is playing the same role.
As a core base for the development of computational science in Japan, R-CCS collaborates proactively with research institutes and universities in the fields of computational science and computer science, both domestically and overseas, for research development and human capital development.
|Next-generation supercomputer technology is designated as a national core technology (a Cabinet decision)
|RIKEN is commissioned for the development of the next-generation supercomputer (K computer)
Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center
|Kobe, Hyogo is selected for the location to build the supercomputer
|Building construction starts
|The planning office for the Advanced Institute for Computational Science is established within RIKEN.
|The next-generation supercomputer (K computer) is designated as the core of the national HPCI (High-Performance Computing Infrastructure) project.
|The building is completed.
|The Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) is established. Kimihiko Hirao is appointed the Director of AICS.
|The K computer wins the first place in the Top500 ranking.
|The K computer achieves the performance of 10 PFLOPS.
|Research results obtained using the K computer is awarded the Gordon Bell Prizes, Peak Performance Category. The K computer again wins the first place in Top500 and sweeps HPC Challenge Awards in 4 divisions.
K computer Research Results Awarded ACM Gordon Bell Prize
|The first AICS International Symposium is held. It has been held annually since then.
R-CCS International Symposium
|RIKEN AICS HPC Summer School 2012 is organized. It has been organized annually since then.
Schools & Workshops
|The K computer is made available for shared use.
|AICS participates in the annual Open Day at RIKEN Kobe Branch. It has participated in every year since then.
Annual Open Day
|RIKEN is commissioned to lead the post-K (Fugaku) development project of MEXT.
|The “Flagship 2020 Planning Office” for the development post-K is established within RIKEN.
|The “Flagship 2020 Project” for the development of Fugaku is established within AICS.
|RIKEN and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to cooperate in high performance computing and computational science
|The AICS Software Center is established.
RIKEN R-CCS Software Center
|AICS is renamed RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS). Satoshi Matsuoka is appointed the Director of R-CCS.
|The post-K is named Fugaku
|The K computer is decommissioned.
|Fugaku prototype wins the first place in the Green500 ranking
|Delivery of the racks of Fugaku begins.
|Trial use of Fugaku for priority projects to fight against COVID-19 begins.
|Delivery of the racks of Fugaku is completed.
|Fugaku wins the first place in four rankings of supercomputers in the world (TOP500, HPCG, HPL-AI, Graph500）
*Since then, four consecutive terms of four crowns until November 2021.
|Shared Use of Fugaku Begins
|Fugaku-based work on COVID-19 spread wins special 2021 Gordon Bell prize
Supercomputer Fugaku earns top rank on key machine learning benchmark
|Fugaku takes top honors on HPCG and Graph500 rankings for fifth consecutive term
*Since then, the awards have been awarded for a total of eight consecutive terms until November 2023.
|Research Achievement using Fugaku earns Gordon Bell Award
- Note that, for recurring events and awards, only the first one is listed.
- The archive website of the Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS)
Please refer to this site for the details of the K computer.