MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Half the work of the 70 researchers at Fujitsu Labs America is about cloud computing services these days. Much of the other, hardware half is about automotive, mobile, and the Internet of Things, based on an open house the lab hosted here.
The Silicon Valley lab is pursuing a future for the computer and communications giant that's all about software, services, ubiquitous computing, and social networking innovations, said Yasunori Kimura, chief executive of the lab. Focus areas include healthcare, smart energy, and education.
Among hot topics, security increasingly will be a big issue for researchers in 2014, Kimura said. In addition, "software-defined networking will change the networking business structure [but] it's becoming more of a development than a research area now."
Kimura, a computer scientist by training, got senior management attention for his role in the K Computer, a Japanese national project. He led a 300-person team from Fujitsu that helped design what became for more than a year the world's most powerful supercomputer.
One of the hardest aspects of that project was finding a real-world application to drive the project -- in this case, weather modeling. Just running the Linpack benchmark faster than anyone else "is very easy, but finding a practical use with real-world applications that need sustainable performance was very hard."
Interestingly, the Labs hosted its open house at the Computer History Museum here. You can see a couple images of early and current supercomputing from its permanent display at the end of this slideshow.
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