Planet earth - Europe with sunrise

Modelling of the Beginning of Space

The most powerful radio telescope, ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array), is located more than 5,000 meters above sea level on the Chajnantor plateau in the Chilean Andes. Its 66 super efficient antennas work together as one giant telescope, receiving a large amount of data from deep space with the help of radio waves. Its responsiveness and resolution are so high they allow scientists to look into the history of space and model its beginnings.

In order to capture and process the information flow from these antennas, large computing power is required. After six years of being engaged in this international project, Fujitsu developed the Atacama Compact Array Correlator supercomputer. This supercomputer is able to perform 88 trillion operations per second and only thanks to the supercomputer, it is possible to evaluate such a large amount of data.

Adopted from Fujitsu’s website

Transportation Management

Fujitsu launched a cloud platform in Japan that collects and analyzes exact real-time locations of vehicles and other data. Data is collected by sensors placed on vehicles and buildings and by smart phones. Using this system can dramatically decrease traffic overload and the pollution levels in selected communities.
The practice in Japan has showed that traffic can be re-routed in real time under major circumstances such as earthquakes.

Adopted from the Fujitsu’s website

Rush hour in the late afternoon. Traffic.


Rocket Development for NASA

NASA uses its own supercomputer capacities to simulate the launch of new rockets. Supercomputer simulations are key to the aerodynamics of new rocket and space shuttle models. They help fine-tune the designing process, enable the timely optimization of aerodynamics and fast assessments of possible changes and new details.

Rockets have to be able to transport a large quantity of load to the orbit. The strictest safety standards apply to rockets, which are irreplaceable for space research. Using supercomputer modelling, new designs are proposed and detailed calculations of aerodynamic flows, strengths and interactions that might affect flight performance and take-off safety are made. The advantages of simulation, compared to other methods, are low cost and speed.

Adopted from the NASA’s website


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