The Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP) has selected Dell to power its latest supercomputer.

The new system, housed at Kyoto University, is known as Yukawa-21, and will utilize Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and with a peak performance of 1.3 petaflops.

YITP was established in 1953 as Japan's first national joint research institute for research on particle physics and other theoretical physics., and the new system will be used to accelerate research work in computational and theoretical physics.

“In addition to fueling our Institution's studies on particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, condensed matter physics, and quantum information physics, the new supercomputer will open up fresh research opportunities to further the frontiers of theoretical physics across Japan,” said YITP director Sinya Aoki.

The new Yukawa-21 will utilize Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, 135 PowerEdge R840 servers, Nvidia V100 Tensor Core GPUs, and Dell EMC PowerSwitch Z9332F interconnection. Dell says the new system's performance peak is approximately 3.8 times higher than the previous machine, a Cray XC40 system deployed in 2016.

Japan is currently home to the world’s fastest supercomputer. The Arm A64FX-powered Fugaku supercomputer housed at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science in Kobe is capable of a record 442 petaflops.