Canon has purchased a Fujitsu FX1000 supercomputer to go “no-prototype” in product development

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It looks like Canon is moving forward with their “no-prototype” product development with the purchase of a Fujitsu FX1000 supercomputer. Canon will take delivery of the system in the first half of 2021.
I would imagine this will help lower development costs, as well as make the development of new products more efficient and most likely quicker.
Press Release:
TOKYO, Sept. 22, 2020 — Fujitsu Limited today announced that it has received an order for a new supercomputer system from Canon Inc.
The system consists of a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 unit, which harnesses top-class technology from the world’s fastest supercomputer, Fugaku, which was jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu. The new supercomputer will achieve an expected theoretical computational performance of 648.8 teraflops.
Upon completion, the supercomputer will play a key role in contributing to Canon’s initiative...

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Well flip that bitch on and design me an RF 24 f/1.4L already...
I have no idea what Canon is planning on using this for, of course, but I can actually imagine that crunching mathematical models to come up with new lens designs could be a realistic application.
 
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simulation results are no better than the models. If you can model perfectly then models give great results, but most useful things are too difficult to model perfectly, even with supercomputers. However, results can be very good if you are able to eliminate human error.
 
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They’ve already got 2 other previous generation Fujitsu supercomputers, so presumably they’re already well versed in the limitations of what can be done....

Combined with AI capabilities in can hopefully reduce the number of iterations required and thus reduce costs.

There’s an AI hardware add on I think I saw on petapixel which decides camera settings so you can focus on the picture itself.

Increasingly AI and massive compute seems to feature heavily in our future. Glad Canon is investing to remain competitive.
 
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Sounds like it'll be able to handle all the social media input about what people want for new product development.
 
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It’s obvious they needed a PC to open more than three tabs in Chrome.
 
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RF 24mm f1.0 please...hey if Nasa could do this in the 60's with the Kubrick 50mm f0.75 and 35mm f0.75..then a 24mm f1.0 shouldn't stress this new super computer too hard!
But stress beyond imagination our bank-account...
 
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Sounds like it'll be able to handle all the social media input about what people want for new product development.

Well maybe now they could actually do some user surveys...

In 32 years of using Canon I've never once seen any form of market research despite registering my products. Little wonder they get such a tough time at product releases when they haven't actually asked what their users want or need.
 
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