Fujitsu has announced the launch of Computing as a Service (CaaS) in a bid to deliver more advanced computing technology via the cloud (opens in new tab).
The commercially oriented CaaS setup features Fujitsu’s quantum-inspired Digital Annealer technology.
It’s actually the computing technology found at the very heart of the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku and calls on software applications to serve a wide range of users and let them solve problems with AI (opens in new tab) and machine learning (opens in new tab).
Fujitsu (opens in new tab) aims to begin delivery of the new services later this year, firstly to the Japanese market starting in October 2022, closely followed by a global rollout to international regions including Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
The Japanese company plans to start by taking pre-orders for its Fujitsu Cloud Service HPC, which boasts the computing power of the Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 and sports the same CPU as that found in Fugaku.
Sales to both businesses and the general public are already underway. Meanwhile, Fujitsu plans to add further options for using its Digital Annealer technology and AI cloud services to its portfolio. These will offer additional value and are designed to integrate various solutions.
CaaS offers seamless access to services
Fujitsu’s Chief Technology Officer, Vivek Mahajan explains: “CaaS will provide customers with seamless access to services on the public cloud to meet rapidly increasing computing demands, leveraging Fujitsu’s world-leading advanced computing technologies.
In the future, we look to further expand the portfolio with access to technologies like quantum computing. This move marks an important milestone toward democratizing high-performance and quantum computing and will play an important role in the achievement of Fujitsu’s Purpose: ‘to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation.’”
The announcement of CaaS commercial services will be welcome news to businesses. High costs and the practical difficulties of implementation have limited the wider appeal of CaaS up to now, meaning commercial use of the advanced computing technologies have been limited.
Fujitsu thinks its CaaS announcement could help revolutionize many areas of business and contribute to solving societal issues. The products will be targeting a range of industries including finance, manufacturing, distribution, logistics and disaster prevention.
The latter is of particular interest in Japan itself, where improving earthquake and tsunami prediction is vital. However, Fujitsu sees lots of scope across the medical sector too, from drug discovery through to gene therapy.
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