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The MEXT program to make Fugaku available for COVID-19-related research on a trial basis ended in March 2021 as full operations of Fugaku began. The research projects will continue using allocated resources of Fugaku.

RIKEN, in coordination with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), has announced that the supercomputer Fugaku will be made available for research projects aimed to combat COVID-19.

Fugaku is currently being installed and is scheduled to be available to the public in 2021. However, faced with the devastating disaster unfolding before our eyes, RIKEN and MEXT decided to make a portion of the computational resources of Fugaku available for COVID-19-related projects ahead of schedule while continuing the installation process.

Fugaku is being developed not only for the progress in science, but also to help build the society dubbed as the “Society 5.0” by the Japanese government, where all people will live safe and comfortable lives. The current initiative to fight against the novel coronavirus is driven by the philosophy behind the development of Fugaku.