Use of supercomputers by foreign nationals and those residing abroad
Under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act, the provision of supercomputing technology (including the browsing of manuals that is available only to users) is deemed as the provision of technology subjected to regulation. For that reason, the use of supercomputers by non-residents (researchers affiliated with institutions outside of Japan, international students who have been in Japan for less than six months, etc.) is subjected to regulation under the law.
The University of Tokyo permits the use of the Oakforest-PACS (group course) and Reedbush (group course) systems by non-residents upon the necessary verification, and based on the relevant laws and regulations. If a non-resident wishes to submit an application to be the user of the supercomputer systems, please inquire beforehand with the following department.
Cases where research results obtained through the use of the supercomputers are published for an overseas audience are deemed as an act of disseminating public knowledge about technology, and approval from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry is not necessary. However, it may be necessary to apply for approval in cases that are not excepted from approval, so please give due consideration when submitting articles to academic journals or making presentations at academic conferences.
For any clarification, please inquire with the following department.
Research Support Team, Information Strategy Group, Information Systems Department, The University of Tokyo