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Vectors are Back: The new NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA Supercomputer

Today NEC Corporation launched their new high-end HPC product line, the SX-Aurora TSUBASA. This new platform drastically increases processing performance and scalability on real world applications, aiming for the traditional application areas, such as science and engineering, but also targeting the new fields of Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data analytics. With this new technology, NEC opens supercomputing to a wide range of new markets, in addition to the traditional HPC arena.

We provide a comprehensive range of products to address widely diversified needs, from a deskside tower for the individual scientist, to a high-end system for large computer centers. Compared to NEC’s previous generation platform, the SX-Aurora TSUBASA is highly power efficient and compact, providing five times the performance per Watt, and ten times the performance per square meter of floor space.”

Utilizing cutting-edge chip integration technology, the new product features a complete multi-core vector processor in the form of a card-type Vector Engine (VE), which is developed based on NEC’s high-density interface technology and efficient cooling technology.

The new product addresses the needs of scalar computational capability while still providing the efficiency of a vector architecture,” said Kimihiko Fukuda, Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation. “This is accomplished through a tightly integrated complete vector system in the form of a Vector Engine Card.”

This new product line is not only binary compatible, it features the same hardware architecture and software environment, which is ideal for software developers and enables users to run the same application for a variety of systems, ranging from a deskside tower to the largest high-end configuration, without having to make changes inside the application.

In this video from ISC 2017, Oliver Tennert from NEC Deutschland GmbH introduces the company’s advanced technologies for HPC and Machine Learning.

NEC will showcase the SX-Aurora TSUBASA at SC17 in Denver.

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