*****For immediate use October 3rd, 2001
NEC Launches World's Fastest Vector Supercomputer "SX-6 Series"
TOKYO October 3rd, 2001 - NEC Corporation
(NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) today announced the latest addition to a
series of evolutionary supercomputer systems, the "SX-6 Series." It
has a peak vector performance of 8 Teraflop/s (Teraflop/s: one trillion floating
point operations per second), which is the fastest technical vector supercomputer
commercially available for industry, government and research applications. The
sale of the "SX-6 Series" begins today around the world.
As a successor to "SX-5 Series," the "SX-6 Series" supercomputer
inherits CMOS technology and a shared memory architecture. It delivers much improved
price performance and conserves the surface space and power consumption by 80
percent as a result of implementing one CPU on a single chip, in place of more
than 30 LSI chips used in the conventional systems.
The main features of the SX-6 Series are as follows:
Achieves the highest commercially available peak performance of 8Teraflop/s
It has a peak performance of 64 Gigaflop/s (Gigaflop/s: one billion floating point
operations per second) and 64 Gigabytes of maximum memory per node; (a node consists
of maximum of eight CPUs). Configured with up to 128 nodes, the "SX-6 Series"
delivers 8 Teraflop/s of peak performance, up to 8Terabytes (TB) of total memory
and 32 Terabytes/s of data transfer rate between CPU and memory. This translates
to 1.6 times higher speed of operations than "SX-5 Series".
Realizes a vector processor with one chip, utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
The floor space and power consumption of the "SX-6 Series" have been
reduced by 80 percent compared to the "SX-5 Series". This was achieved
by implementing the entire vector processor on a single chip, in place of more
than thirty LSI chips in conventional technology. This is realized by state-of-the-art
semiconductor design technology using 0.15 micron design rule and high-density
Enhanced software that support multi-node system.
Its operating system "SUPER-UX" supports upward compatibility with the
"SX-5 Series". It enables continuous availability of about two hundreds
of third party applications and current user programs on "SX-5 Series".
Operating system and middleware have also been enhanced to support the largest
128 nodes system. "MasterScope" functionality for total system management
of up to 128 nodes and job scheduling for a multi-node system have also been improved.
The "SX-6 Series" offers "WebSuperComputing Environment (WSCE)"
as one of its middleware which enables the integrated operation environment realized
by Web browser, in which supercomputers, UNIX servers and personal computers can
be utilized when connected via Internet or Intranet. In this system, users can
visualize (graphic, animation, etc.) the computation results by supercomputers
on personal computers and manage computation results and graphic databases, which
leads to the improved convenience for both users and system managers.
In recent years, the performance of CPUs configured in microprocessor based
computers has improved, permitting vendors to claim very high peak performance.
However, large memory and high data transfer rates between memories and CPUs are
also very important for obtaining high-sustained performance for large-scale computations.
The high throughput performance of the "SX-6 Series" is achieved by
employing ultra high-speed crossbar network between CPUs and high-speed Dynamic
Random Access Memory (DRAM). This combination delivers higher sustained performance
than scalar computation machines.
NEC aims to achieve world wide sales of more than 200 units of the "SX-6
Series" for the next three years including OEM sales by Cray Inc. The "SX-6
Series" will be shipped from the end of December 2001 with the monthly rental
price starting from 2,800,000 Yen.
In 1983, NEC entered the market of supercomputers, launching "the SX-2,"
the performance of which exceeded the world leading of 1Gigaflop/s, providing
a system to meet the needs of ultra high-speed scientific computation. Since then,
NEC has continuously provided supercomputers with state-of-the-art technology
such as the SX-3, SX-4 Series and SX-5 Series, and has received over 300 orders
across the SX series because of their high sustained performance and excellent
Supercomputers have been utilized for various fields such as the development
of drugs, energy development of nuclear fusion and atomic energy, simulation of
aircraft and space development, resource exploration of petroleum, automobile
and machinery design, and construction and civil engineering design. They are
also needed to solve the great challenges human beings are facing in this century,
such as the development of post-genomic new drugs and the development of highly
functional materials using nano-technology.
Demand for a faster supercomputer with larger memory capacity has been increasing
as problems to be solved have become larger and more complicated. At the same
time, results of research and development are expected in a shorter time.
To meet these needs, NEC has developed the SX-6, the successor to the SX-5
Series, that significantly improves performance and memory capacity. Its prices
and energy consumption are comparable to Unix-based machines.
For further information on the features and specifications of the new series,
please refer to the attached material.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is a leading provider of Internet
solutions, dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its customers in the
key computer, network and electron device fields through its three market-focused
in-house companies: NEC Solutions, NEC Networks and NEC Electron Devices. NEC
Corporation, with its in-house companies, employs more than 150,000 people worldwide
and saw net sales of 5,409 billion Yen (approx. US$43 billion) in fiscal year
2000-2001. For further information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com