Japan's K supercomputer falls to 3rd place in speed


Posted at Nov 13 2012 10:50 AM | Updated as of Nov 13 2012 06:50 PM

TOKYO - A supercomputer developed by Japanese state-backed major research institute Riken has slipped to third place globally in computing speed, according to a biannual ranking announced Monday by the U.S.-European TOP500 project.

The supercomputer, nicknamed "K" and jointly developed with Fujitsu Ltd. at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, fell to second place in June after topping the previous two rankings. It now ranks behind the Titan and Sequoia supercomputers at the U.S. Department of Energy, the project said.

The K supercomputer became a subject of controversy in Japan in 2009 after Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Renho, seeking to cut state budget outlays for the project, questioned whether the country needed to pursue the No. 1 position in supercomputing.