Companies have until Dec. 8 to bid on the project, which is being called AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure, or ABCI. It could be completed as early as next year, Reuters reported.
Once a global technology powerhouse, Japan has gradually slipped behind other countries in the innovation game. The country’s leading supercomputer has not ranked first in the world since November 2011 and currently finishes outside the top five, according to Top500.org, which standardizes and ranks global superpowers.
China now owns and operates the world’s two fastest supercomputers, including the No. 1-ranked Sunway Taihulight, which can handle 93 petaflops. The United States has the third, fourth and fifth fastest supercomputers, according to Top500.org.
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