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NEC Embraces Open Source Frameworks for SX-Aurora Vector Computing

In this video from ISC 2019, Dr. Erich Focht from NEC Deutschland GmbH describes how the company is embracing open source frameworks for the SX-Aurora TSUBASA Vector Supercomputer. “Until now, with the existing server processing capabilities, developing complex models on graphical information for AI has consumed significant time and host processor cycles. NEC Laboratories has developed the open-source Frovedis framework over the last 10 years, initially for parallel processing in Supercomputers. Now, its efficiencies have been brought to the scalable SX-Aurora vector processor.”

NEC Steps up with SX-Aurora Vector Engine for HPC

In this video from ISC 2019, Shintaro Momose, Ph. D. from NEC describes the company’s SX-Aurora Vector Engine. “These days, vector functions are added to scalar supercomputers to improve performance in most cases. That means that improving vector performance is the most important way to achieve high effective performance, even with scalar processors. In that respect, it could be said that vector processors are ahead of the trend.”

NEC SX-Aurora Vector Supercomputer to Power Weather Forecasting at DWD in Germany

In this video from ISC 2019, Dr. Rudolf Fischer from NEC describes how the company’s recent win at DWD demonstrates the power and efficiency of the SX-Aurora supercomputer. “The new HPC system will enable the development of seamless prediction of severe weather events, including thunderstorms or heavy rain. The system combines forecasting based on observations with very demanding numerical weather prediction models in order for a more precise prediction of the development and the tracks of such small-scale weather events up to twelve hours into the future.”

ISC19 Student Cluster Configurations: Less is More, GPUs Rule

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX shares first-hand coverage of the Student Cluster Competition at the recent ISC 2019 conference. “I’m constantly amazed by the how many different system configurations we see in Student Cluster Competitions. Given that everyone has to use hardware that’s currently available on the market and they all have to be under the 3,000 watt power cap, you’d think that the systems would gravitate towards a common configuration – but you’d be wrong.”

NEC signs up as Reseller for Altair PBS Professional

Today Altair announced a global VAR agreement with NEC Corporation to market and sell industry-leading HPC workload manager and job scheduler Altair PBS Professional. As a result of the agreement, NEC has worldwide rights to bundle the PBS Professional solution with all NEC X86/Linux systems. “By combining Altair’s workload management technology and NEC’s hardware solution, we are confident that we can contribute to the realization of customers’ research needs quickly, easily and flexibly.”

NEC receives 50 Million Euro order from Germany’s DWD

Today NEC announced that it received an order for an NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA supercomputer with a value of 50 Million Euro from the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), the German weather forecasting service. “The new HPC system will enable the development of seamless prediction of severe weather events, including thunderstorms or heavy rain. The system combines forecasting based on observations with very demanding numerical weather prediction models in order for a more precise prediction of the development and the tracks of such small-scale weather events up to twelve hours into the future.”

NEC Delivers HPC Cluster to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

Today NEC announced that RWTH Aachen University in Germany has started operations of a new HPC cluster. Called CLAIX-2018 the system augments the university’s existing CLAIX-2016 installation. “RWTH Aachen is one of the most renowned universities in Germany, and this project is a lighthouse project not only for the HPC datacentre, but also for NEC,” said Yuichi Kojima, Vice President HPC EMEA at NEC Deutschland.

Pricing American Options with the NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA Vector Engine

The Aldwin division of ANEO is now working together with NEC to leverage the leading-edge vector technology of SX-Aurora TSUBASA for porting and optimizing Aldwin’s in-house software for American option pricing. The code is implemented in C++17 and designed to capitalize on the full capabilities of both scalar and vector architectures. It uses OpenMP to multithread the application, while the vectorization is implemented using the Eigen library.

NEC to Host Aurora Forum on Vector Computing at ISC 2019

NEC will host their Aurora Forum at ISC 2019. Designed for developers and users SX-Aurora TSUBA vector computing technology, the The half-day meeting takes place June 17 in Frankfurt, Germany. “The NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA is the newest in the line of NEC SX Vector Processors with the worlds highest memory bandwidth. Implemented in a PCI-e form factor, the NEC processor can be configured in many flexible configurations together with a standard x86 cluster.”

NEC-X Opens Vector Engine Data Acceleration Center in Silicon Valley

Today NEC-X launched the Vector Engine Data Acceleration Center (VEDAC) at its Silicon Valley facility. This new VEDAC is one of the company’s many offerings to innovators, makers and change agents. The NEC X organization is focused on fostering big data innovations using NEC’s emerging technologies while tapping into Silicon Valley’s rich ecosystem. “We are gratified to see the developing innovations that are taking advantage of the cutting-edge technologies from NEC’s laboratories.”