Fujitsu Forum 2018 was held from May 17-18, 2018 at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan. This year's theme was "Human Centric Innovation: Co-creation for Success." At the forum, Fujitsu introduced outcomes and success factors achieved through co-creation with customers and strategic partners by hosting a variety of seminars and exhibition demonstrations to showcase cutting-edge technologies. For this event, the exhibition was divided into the "Success Zone" and the "Technology Zone." This part of the report describes the highlights of the exhibitions in the Technology Zone with a focus on advanced technologies that accelerate digital transformation.
The Post-K Computer, AI, and Digital Annealer to Accelerate Digital Transformation
Supercomputing Technology Accelerates AI
The first thing that caught our eye at the site was the post-k computer prototype. Fujitsu and RIKEN have been jointly developing one of the world's leading supercomputers, which can run a wide range of application software at high sustained performance. The booth presented the rack and calculation module of the post-K computer for the first time.
On display were the rack, calculation model, and CPU sample for the Post-K computer prototype.
Explainable AI that Can be Used for Judgment with Responsibility
This technology explains the reasons and evidence for AI's inference results concerning a given problem. It outputs the reasons for its judgment by associating AI inference results (obtained by Fujitsu's unique "Deep Tensor" technology) with vast knowledge (stored in academic papers, etc.) represented as a "knowledge graph." Fujitsu has been studying how to apply this technology to the healthcare, financing, and corporate sectors in the future. The exhibition presented a case study on reducing patient burden during radiotherapy.
Visually presenting evidence for inference results
New Architecture without Waiting for Quantum Computing Readiness
Another instance of Fujitsu AI on display was the quantum computing-inspired Digital Annealer, which Fujitsu released as a cloud service on May 15. Later, Fujitsu will launch on-premise products with extended functionality. Specific case studies presented at the site included applications to cancer radiotherapy, optimized arrangement of parts in factory warehouses and in logistics, and traffic volume optimization in urban areas.
Digital Annealer quickly solves complex combinatorial optimization problems
Verification of optimization patterns in cancer radiotherapy was given as an example application in medical care. Since radiation exposure adversely affects normal cells, irradiation is performed multiple times from different angles and at different exposure times. Previously, due to the very large number of combination factors, it took several days for the medical team to study and determine an apparently optimal irradiation pattern. Use of Digital Annealer enables an optimal solution to be obtained in about a day, allowing support for more cancer patients without increasing the number of medical team members or irradiation facilities.
A Fujitsu factory case study was introduced as an application example in factories. When delivery slips are passed to Digital Annealer, it sorts them in the order of the best picking route. Digital Annealer can also propose optimal parts arrangements in warehouses; in the demonstration experiment, workers' travel distances were reduced by 45%. In addition to these examples, a case study of applying Digital Annealer to optimize traffic announcements was introduced.
Battery-free Devices Suitable for IoT Solution
Sensor devices require power to operate. However, using a battery requires periodic maintenance, which is costly to perform. Here, two IoT devices that operate without maintenance for a long time were exhibited.
The Bluetooth beacon, which is powered by interior lighting, has a solar battery and is about the size of a stick of gum, taking up little space. Even under lighting of about 300 lux, it can broadcast a signal every second.
Sensor devices using Sigfox, one of the LPWA communication standards suitable for outdoor long-distance communication, tend to consume power. Fujitsu developed a module that stably operates at about 4000 luces, enabling customers to see real-time visualization of temperature and humidity.
Bluetooth beacon PulsarGum, which is about the size of a stick of gum and can transmit radio waves while powering itself from office environment lighting; it is thin and lightweight, and can be used merely by attaching it
Fujitsu offers MetaArc, a platform for helping customers realize digital transformation. The Tech Collaboration zone introduced case studies on co-creation between Fujitsu and software vendors that use Fujitsu technologies to offer various services.
Implem Inc. introduced Pleasanter, which enables users who do not have programming knowledge to develop business applications. With Pleasanter, an application can be created quickly by following a template. User companies praise it for being a web application with better-than-expected responsiveness.
This web application also offers a free version for up to three people as a cloud service in addition to an annual support service for handling inquiries.
Implem is a K5 Tech Talk participant company, and Pleasanter can be purchased from the MetaArc Marketplace.
Product page: https://cloud-direct.jp.fujitsu.com/pages/productinfo/1903 (Japanese)
Example app developed with Pleasanter
Data System Yonezawa, Ltd. introduced Moba Shisho, an administrative information distribution app for local governments. Users merely select the categories of information that they want to receive in order to get push notifications of each update. In this way, Moba Shisho supports local governments in providing information to citizens. The standard version of the Moba Shisho app costs only 30,000 yen per month, making it suitable for local governments that have difficulties developing or maintaining their own apps due to limited IT budgets. The standard version is also advantageous in terms of its short lead time.
Data System Yonezawa is a MetaArc Partner Program and K5 Tech Talk participant company, and Moba Shisho can be purchased from the MetaArc Marketplace or via Fujitsu sales representatives.
Product page: https://cloud-direct.jp.fujitsu.com/pages/productinfo/1617 (Japanese)
Moba Shisho's management screen (top) and the smartphone app; semi-custom apps that use patterns prepared in advance can also be provided.
Using AI, IoT, big data, and other various advanced technologies together with many co-creation partners, Fujitsu continues to create new value that will change business and our lives.
The Fujitsu Forum 2018 Technology Zone introduced advanced practical case studies generated from cutting-edge technologies and co-creation with partner companies are introduced.