Dr. Ryutaro Himeno, Director of RIKEN's Advanced Center for Computing and Communication, Visits the NCHC
Caption: Dr. Ce-Kuen Shieh, the NCHC's Director General (center left) and Dr. Ryutaro Himeno (center right)
RIKEN is Japan’s largest and most comprehensive research organization for basic and applied science and a world leader in a diverse array of scientific disciplines. Dr. Ryutaro Himeno, Director of RIKEN's Advanced Center for Computing and Communication (ACCC), was the key person in establishing the K computer, Japan's largest supercomputer. The NCHC's Director, Ce-Kuen Shieh, invited Dr. Himeno to visit to the NCHC on June 6th, 2013. While visiting, in addition to being introduced to the NCHC's Windrider supercomputer, the NCHC's Taichung branch office, and various other NCHC projects on HPC-related applications under development, Dr. Himeno also gave a talk to NCHC staff titled “Computing Is Changing the World.” In his brilliant speech, Dr. Himeno shared RIKEN's vision for providing computing resources as a service as well as RIKEN's plans to complete an Exa-scale supercomputer by 2020.
Dr. Ryutaro Himeno is a preeminent scholar in the field of computational fluid dynamics and is known throughout the world for his achievements on supercomputer simulations. Dr. Himeno’s computer simulation project on gyro balls, along with the Japanese scholar, Kazushi Tezuka, has caused enthusiastic discussions within the sports world. In his speech, Dr. Himeno introduced the RIKEN and ACCC facilities themselves, along with the user applications they've developed in the fields of engineering, machinery, medicine, and life science, as well as their operations and maintenance experience.
Dr. Himeno also shared his experiences in the planning and building of the K computer, and briefed the NCHC's staff on the planning and design of RIKEN’s next generation supercomputer. In his speech, he stated that, regarding the application of future supercomputers, he believes that there are still many fields waiting to be explored and many potential customers to be discovered. Dr. Himeno’s speech greatly benefited the NCHC staff; especially where he described Japan’s national strategy for making the next generation of supercomputers one of their key developmental technologies. Dr. Himeno's talk was worthy of both further consideration and study.