Nec Corporation launched a PCIe-based Vector Engine card to tap into the growing demand for High-Performance Computing (HPC) from SMEs. According to the announcement, the shipment of the Vector Engine will start from January 2021.
The core component
The Vector Engine is the core component of NEC’s SX-Aurora TSUBASA vector supercomputer, which has been deployed to more than 100 customers worldwide since 2018. It provides a 2.45 TeraFlops computation capability and a 1.53 TeraBytes/second memory bandwidth with around 200W power consumption for processing scientific applications.
Kazunori Sudo, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation, said,
“On top of the traditional applications, such as large-scale scientific simulation systems for weather forecasting, climate modeling and fluid analysis, we have seen rapidly growing demand from SMEs for vector computing systems in the field of electromagnetic field analysis, computational chemistry and structural analysis for instance. With the launch of the Vector Engine, and by working closely with system integrators and server manufacturers worldwide, we will fulfill this expanding need and deliver our innovative solutions to broader and more diversified customers.”
Nec combines the Vector Engine and general x86 servers from other IT vendors to enable system integrators to offer vector computing systems. Further, it enables server manufacturers to develop and market their own-branded vector computing servers using the Vector Engine.