Canon Purchases Supercomputer to Ensure Faster and Cheaper Product Development

Canon Purchases Supercomputer to Ensure Faster and Cheaper Product Development

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. 

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If I can write out 2 1/2 paragraphs, does that mean I too can have a non-article posted up on the FStoppers front page?

Can you use the Supercomputer longer than 30 minutes? Or does it overheat?🤓

Good one! I was just going to make that same remark. :-)

Canon's not making it, they're buying it. "a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000"

Well, it was a joke so.... 🤓

Gotcha!! Thought you might have misread it. It happens to us all once in awhile. ;-)

Yeah. You got me there good....

It does overheat without a proper cooling.

Will the cheaper part also translate to more affordable products?

No you will still have to pay normal prices for cameras that have promoted features that are useless.

Get ready for yet more products that are "using AI".

Yes, but that's not the point. In aerospace, they have been rapid digital prototyping for a while, and this is that.

It significantly decreases R&D duration and cost.

That has nothing to do with this.

Actually, get ready for "designed by AI".

They need all that computing power to process the billions of pieces of "feedback" from social media. One card slot vs two card slots alone with tax its capabilities.

Yeah, but can you watch cat videos on it?...

The word "CHEAPER" indicates quality — a better phrase to use would have been "LESS EXPENSIVE".....unless, of course, Canon has decided to manufacture cheaper equipment..!!!

One unit for a whole company? Cute...

didnt know that fujitsu make supercomputer..