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Sites of supercomputer project

Kyoto University, Osaka University, Kobe University and the Graduate School of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) have joined the Kansai Economic Federation in asking the government to choose Kansai as a site for the development of a next-generation supercomputer designed to be armed with the world's fastest processing capacity.
The written request was submitted to the Ministry Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Fifteen places have been mentioned nationwide as possible candidate sites, including six in the Kansai region such as the RIKEN Harima Institute in Hyogo Pref., Port Island in Kobe City, Nakanoshima in Osaka City, a location near NAIST, the northeastern part of JR Kusatsu Station in Shiga Pref., and an area adjacent to Keihanna Plaza in Kyoto Pref.
The government is expected to narrow the candidate sites to one during the current fiscal year ending next March with a view to starting the project during fiscal 2011.
The next generation of supercomputers is positioned as a key national technology under the government's third basic program. A total of 115.4 billion yen is scheduled to be spent by fiscal 2012. RIKEN will serve as the nucleus of the project and try to come up with a device capable of having more than 10,000 times the speed of 1 trillion calculations per second for the world's fastest processing time.

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