SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/27/08 -- Fujitsu has donated to the Computer History
Museum several components based on technologies developed for the Numerical
Wind Tunnel supercomputer, which was ranked No. 1 when it debuted in the
Top 500 Supercomputer Sites list in November 1993. The museum will accept
the gift at a dedication ceremony on Sept. 12, 2008, at the Computer
History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
The event will feature a discussion of technological contributions to
computational fluid dynamics and the direction of petascale computing at
Fujitsu. Speakers at the event include:
Moderator: Al Zmyslowski, Senior Vice President of Engineering,
Fujitsu Computer Systems
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon Program
12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Ceremonial Donation of
Fujitsu VPP Supercomputer to
Computer History Museum
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Optional Special Tour of the
Visible Storage Exhibit at the
Background on the Supercomputer Parts Donation
In 1989, Fujitsu and the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) of Japan began
work on a supercomputer aimed to deliver computational fluid dynamics
performance more than 100 times faster than the Fujitsu VP400 vector
processor computer, one of the fastest machines of the time. The resulting
system, the Numerical Wind Tunnel, became operational in 1993 and debuted
in first place in the TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list in November of the
same year. The technology derived from the project ultimately led to the
1993 release of the Fujitsu VPP Series commercial supercomputers, which
were then among the fastest in the world. Fujitsu has donated technologies
used in its Fujitsu VPP Series supercomputers to the Computer History
Museum, Mountain View, Calif.
About the Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Calif., is a nonprofit
organization with a 29-year history. The Museum is dedicated to the
preservation and celebration of computing history, and is home to the
largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world,
encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera,
photographs and moving images.
CHM brings computing history to life through an acclaimed speaker series,
dynamic website, onsite tours, as well as physical and online exhibits.
Current exhibits include "Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2,"
"Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess," "Innovation in the
Valley" -- a look at Silicon Valley startups -- and the unique "Visible
Storage Gallery," featuring over 600 key objects from the collection. The
signature "Timeline of Computing History" exhibit will open in late 2009.
For more information, visit www.computerhistory.org or call 650-810-1010.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global
marketplace. With approximately 160,000 employees supporting customers in
70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services
experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and
advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated
revenues of 5.3 trillion yen (US$53 billion) for the fiscal year ended
March 31, 2008. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.
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