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NEC Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Adopting a Vector-based Approach to High-performance Computing with its SX-Aurora TSUBASA
Based on its recent analysis of the global high-performance computing (HPC) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes NEC Corporation with the 2020 Global Product Leadership Award for its SX-Aurora TSUBASA product line. SX-Aurora TSUBASA’s pioneering vector-based architecture, reliable performance, and low-latency processing help end-users tackle frontline computational challenges. Its modularity, high bandwidth, and superior processing capacity is expanding SX-Aurora TSUBASA’s application scope across industrial and energy markets, making NEC one of the most preferred solution providers in the industry.
“The next-generation SX-Aurora TSUBASA HPC solution is designed to meet the requirements of the entire vector engine for processing. The vector host performs operating system (OS)-based tasks and is compatible with Linux OS, which offers end users an open-environment for programming,” said Vasanth Krishnan, Senior Consultant. “Its vector processing unit carries a single-thread per core processing architecture, unlike competing products that employ multiple threads. The holistic architecture allows for the execution of instructions in a single sequence, enabling a super-speed memory bandwidth and much faster processing speeds, even with low latency.”
NEC’s SX-Aurora TSUBASA comprises three key features that add tangible value to end users. First is its high-performance processing delivery, wherein it can process information 10x faster than its nearest competitor. Second, its modular form factor endows it with significant flexibility, helping it fit with four different and commonly used server topologies. Third, it delivers outstanding ease of use by supporting C, C++, and Fortran, aiding parallelization, and speeding up analysis processing in decentralized processing environments.
The SX-Aurora TSUBASA’s CPU is derived from NEC’s experience of spearheading the supercomputing industry and was developed in collaboration with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. The computer processor’s six three-dimensional stacked memory architecture is based on the second generation of high-memory bandwidth technology. Furthermore, it supports implementation via a Peripheral Component Interconnect slot, thus supporting faster compute power. Its support for licensed and open-source programming environments allow NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA’s future-proof design to be leveraged by a broad end-user base across industrial and energy markets.
“NEC aims to break traditional computing barriers by accelerating HPC’s (High-Performance Computing) adoption in industrial and energy market applications. For example, the SX-Aurora TSUBASA can expedite new oil and gas reservoir discoveries by leveraging full-wave inversion and reverse time migration for seismic processing much faster than its peers,” noted Krishnan. “By combining traditional HPC with artificial intelligence and machine learning, NEC is successfully mainstreaming HPC (High-Performance Computing) in present-day digitalization applications breakthroughs such as image and chemical analysis, plant control, and malware detection.”
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
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