In an effort to be able to develop products both more quickly and cheaply, Canon will be acquiring a new supercomputer soon, a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000.
We all know that technological development often moves at breakneck speeds, and that keeps a lot of pressure on manufacturers to put a lot of money and resources toward product research and development. In an effort to mitigate some of these costs and reduce development times, Canon will be taking delivery of a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 unit in the first half of next year. The unit will have 192 nodes and can reach a theoretical maximum computational performance of 648.8 teraflops.
Canon plans to use the supercomputer in an ongoing initiative to reduce the role of prototypes in product development, replacing them with simulations that can be visualized and tested in a virtual environment. This would help to make development less tedious and thus more efficient as well as reducing costs. Canon has not yet specified what products they plan to use the supercomputer for and if it would be applied to their camera lines, but if they do decide to use it for imaging products, no doubt, it will be a welcome addition.