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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)The webpage will open in a new tab. 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.

R-CCS’ history
Time Event
March 2006 Next-generation supercomputer technology is designated as a national core technology (a Cabinet decision)
July 2006 RIKEN is commissioned for the development of the next-generation supercomputer (K computer)
Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D CenterThe webpage will open in a new tab.
March 2007 Kobe, Hyogo is selected for the location to build the supercomputer
March 2008 Building construction starts
June 2009 The planning office for the Advanced Institute for Computational Science is established within RIKEN.
December 2009 The next-generation supercomputer (K computer) is designated as the core of the national HPCI (High-Performance Computing Infrastructure) project.
May 2010 The building is completed.
July 2010 The Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) is established. Kimihiko Hirao is appointed the Director of AICS.
June 2011 The K computer wins the first place in the Top500 ranking.
November 2011 The K computer achieves the performance of 10 PFLOPS.
November 2011 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 PrizeThe webpage will open in a new tab.
November 2011 The first AICS International Symposium is held. It has been held annually since then.
R-CCS International Symposium
August 2012 RIKEN AICS HPC Summer School 2012 is organized. It has been organized annually since then.
Schools & Workshops
September 2012 The K computer is made available for shared use.
October 2012 AICS participates in the annual Open Day at RIKEN Kobe Branch. It has participated in every year since then.
Annual Open Day
December 2013 RIKEN is commissioned to lead the post-K (Fugaku) development project of MEXT.
January 2014 The “Flagship 2020 Planning Office” for the development post-K is established within RIKEN.
April 2014 The “Flagship 2020 Project” for the development of Fugaku is established within AICS.
January 2017 RIKEN and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to cooperate in high performance computing and computational scienceThe webpage will open in a new tab.
2017 The AICS Software Center is established.
RIKEN R-CCS Software CenterThe webpage will open in a new tab.
April 2018 AICS is renamed RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS). Satoshi Matsuoka is appointed the Director of R-CCS.
May 2019 The post-K is named FugakuThe webpage will open in a new tab.
August 2019 The K computer is decommissioned.
November 2019 Fugaku prototype wins the first place in the Green500 ranking
December 2019 Delivery of the racks of Fugaku begins.
April 2020 Trial use of Fugaku for priority projects to fight against COVID-19 begins.
May 2020 Delivery of the racks of Fugaku is completed.
June 2020 Fugaku wins the first place in four rankings of supercomputers in the world (TOP500, HPCG, HPL-AI, Graph500)The webpage will open in a new tab.
Major Awards
November 2020 Fugaku again wins the first place in four rankings of supercomputers in the world (TOP500, HPCG, HPL-AI, Graph500)The webpage will open in a new tab.
Major Awards
March 2021 Shared Use of Fugaku Begins

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