Prototyping is expensive, and in times of economic uncertainty and pandemic, Canon wants to save money. The Japanese image chain giant has just bought a PRIMEHPC FX1000 from Fujitsu, a large professional computer the size of a cabinet. A supercomputer integrating 6 TB of RAM and 192 computing cores, the particularity of which is to be one of the “bricks” of the most powerful supercomputer in the world, the Japanese monster Fugaku.
With a theoretical maximum computing power capacity of 648.8 Teraflops (648,800,000,000,000 operations per second), this large computer that runs on ARM v8.2 based processors will have the task of assisting engineers in the physical modeling of products. This makes it possible to simulate tests such as a drop from a printer, a shock on a camera, or even physical models of heat release or wear (generation of plastic dust, etc.).
All this without going through the costly prototyping phase which often cuts r & d budgets due to the exorbitant price, particularly of plastics testing. Fujitsu’s PRIMEHPC FX1000 will be commissioned at Canon in the first half of next year.