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*****For immediate use June 3, 2003

The Earth Simulator Center Receives 2003 Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Awards

NEC Corporation (NEC) announced today that The Earth Simulator Center (Yokohama, Japan; Tetsuya Sato, Director-General) which operates Earth Simulator (Note) received 2003 Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Awards in the Environment, Energy, and Agriculture category at National Building Museum in Washington D.C. NEC has nominated the Earth Simulator for the award.

The Earth Simulator Center has been selected from 313 cases nominated by approximately 100 IT leaders around the world and awarded for the use of information technology to make great strides toward remarkable social achievement in the Environment, Energy, and Agriculture category.

NEC has been committed to the project with full-scale efforts since it was initially selected to develop the basic design in 1997 and installed the system in March 2002.

NEC is highly honored that the Earth Simulator Center has awarded 2003 Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Awards, one of the most prestigious award in information technology field.

About Computerworld Honors Program
Each year, the Computerworld Honors Chairmen's Committee nominates organizations who are using information technology to improve society for inclusion in the Computerworld Honors Online Archive and the Collections of the Global Archives. The Global Archives represents the 100 plus institutions from more than thirty countries that include the Computerworld Honors Collection in their archives and libraries. Founded in 1988/89, the Computerworld Honors Program searches for and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they strive to use information technology in innovative ways across ten categories: Business and Related Services; Education and Academia; Environment, Energy and Agriculture; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Government and Non-Profit Organizations; Manufacturing; Media, Arts and Entertainment; Medicine; Science; and Transportation.

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NEC) 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 and 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 approximately $40 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2003. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at:


The Earth Simulator was developed by the Earth Simulator Research and Development Center (ESRDC, Kiyoshi Asai, Director), which is a collaborative organization of the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, Shuichiro Yamanouchi, President), Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI, Shinzo Saito, President), and Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC, Takuya Hirano, President).


Chris Shimizu
NEC Corporation
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