The Government Revitalization Unit, a panel of lawmakers and business leaders tasked with assessing public works projects to see if they deserve funding, demanded an effective freeze on the project last November but later reauthorized it with a reduced budget.
Fujitsu plans to ship eight units a week and bring the supercomputing system to more than 800 units by fall 2012. The system will become operational at that time, Fujitsu said.
Fujitsu has taken part in Japanese government's Next-Generation Supercomputer project since the design phase in 2006. By building a supercomputer system for performing simulations for various disciplines, Fujitsu aims to contribute to Japan's science and technology infrastructure as well as maintain the country's international competitiveness. (The Japan Times)