TOKYO and NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NEC Corporation
(Nasdaq: NIPNY) today announced the worldwide launch and availability of the
SX series model "SX-8," the world's most powerful vector supercomputer with a
peak processing performance of 65TFLOPS (TFLOPS: one trillion floating point
operations per second).
Inheriting vector architecture, whose excellent sustained performance has
been demonstrated by the Earth Simulator, the new product combines enhanced
CPUs, and memory and I/O processing performance. A further-enhanced, single-
chip, vector processor, realized by the SX-6, also contributes to the greatly
improved price performance and space saving offered by the SX-8.
The SX-8, with its dedicated CPUs, large-scale memory, and high data
transfer rate between memory and CPUs, delivers much higher sustained
performance than scalar supercomputers with a number of general-purpose CPUs.
This is particularly effective in fields that require large-scale and ultra
high-speed computing of massive data, such as meteorological forecasting,
environmental simulations and automotive crash analysis.
Features of the new product are described below.
1. World's highest computing performance of 65TFLOPS
The single-node model (includes up to 8 CPUs) achieves a peak vector
performance of 128GFLOPS (GFLOPS: one billion floating point operations
per second), while the multi-node model achieves the world's fastest
peak vector performance of 65TFLOPS when configured with 512 nodes. In
addition, a 262TB/s (36.8TB/s in SX-6) high peak data transfer rate
between CPU(s) and memory is realized, and it also boasts an enlarged
memory capacity of up to 64TB (16TB in SX-6).
2. Further-enhanced single-chip, vector processor
The vector processor (vector and scalar units) is integrated into a
single chip by applying leading-edge CMOS technology with 90-nanometer
(nanometer: 10-9 meter) copper interconnects and the most advanced LSI
design technology. Pipelines of the vector unit, the central part of a
vector processor, operate at a 2GHz clock frequency, which is double
the speed of the SX-6, and realize a peak vector performance of
16GFLOPS per CPU. Moreover, hardware support of the vector square root
operation achieves a sustained performance six times higher than that
of the SX-6.
3. Excellent space-saving and power-saving
The SX-8 achieves a reduction in space by 25% and power consumption by
50% as compared with conventional models. This was achieved by applying
high-density packaging technology in which processor(s) and memory are
implemented on a single module.
4. Software environment suitable for large-scale, multi-node system
The basic software, "SUPER-UX," maintains upward compatibility with the
existing SX series, and achieves further scalability expansion due to
enhanced I/O processing and MPI. Global File System (GFS), a high-
speed, file sharing system among multiple nodes on a system or among
different systems, has also been enhanced. By utilizing GFS, users can
access the shared files with a high performance close to that of a
local disc, and can also take advantage of the high performance
functions of GFS from third party platforms such as SUN and HP as they
do with NFS (Network File System).
The monthly rental price of the SX-8 starts from approximately 1,170,000
yen, and shipment will commence in December 2004.
NEC aims to achieve worldwide sales of more than 700 SX-8 units for the
next three years. In 1983, NEC entered the market of supercomputers with the
launch of SX-2, whose performance exceeded 1GFLOPS for the first time ever, to
meet the needs of ultra high-speed scientific computation. Since then, NEC has
received over 700 orders across the SX series for their high sustained
performance and excellent price performance.
Supercomputers have been utilized for various fields including the
development of advanced technology such as functional device materials with
nanotechnology, large-scale scientific computing and simulation for energy
development such as nuclear fusion, aeronautics and space development, and
engineering such as automotive design and development of electronic products.
Recently, while the scale of the problems to be solved becomes larger, a
reduction in the development period is ever increasingly desired. Requirements
for increase in speed of problem analysis, design, and optimization, have also
become more demanding, leading to the need for faster supercomputers.
To respond to these needs, NEC has developed the new vector supercomputer,
which boasts greatly improved operating and price performance in comparison
with scalar servers that are used for large-scale and large-capacity
A supercomputer with high-speed processor(s) called "vector
processor(s)"that is used for scientific/technical computation. Vector
supercomputers deliver high performance in complex, large-scale computation,
such as fluid dynamics, through the processing of array-handling with a single
Scalar parallel supercomputer:
A supercomputer with multiple general purpose processors suitable for
simultaneous processing of multiple workloads such as genomic analysis or
easily paralleled computations like particle computation. They deliver high
performance by connecting many processors (also used for business
applications) in parallel.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (Nasdaq: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is one of the world's
leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business
solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global
base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing
companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer,
networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT
Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC
Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people
worldwide and had net sales of 4,906 billion yen (approx. $47 billion) in the
fiscal year ended March 2004. For additional information, please visit the NEC
home page at: http://www.nec.com.
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