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GERMAN CLIMATE RESEARCH INSTITUTION ORDERS NEC SX-6.



NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).

NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd.
 Corporation has received an order for a state-of-the-art vector supercomputer system from German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ DKRZ Deutsches KlimaRechenZentrum : Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH), Germany. The system to be installed is an SX-6/192M24 (maximum vector performance: 1.5TFLOPS See teraFLOPS.  - 1.5 trillion floating point operations per second Noun 1. trillion floating point operations per second - (computer science) a unit for measuring the speed of a computer system
teraflop

computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable
, main memory capacity: 1.5TByte). This is going to be the largest dedicated system utilized for earth system research in Europe, and also the largest among NEC's vector supercomputers "SX- Series" utilized worldwide.

The system will be first installed as SX-6/64M8 in February 2002, then the system will be expanded in stages: SX-6/128M16 in August 2002, then SX-6/192M24 in March 2003.

Established in 1987 under the support of the Federal Minister for Research and Technology (BMBF BMBF Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (German: Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Bonn, Germany)
BMBF Barclays Mercantile Business Finance Limited
), DKRZ mainly provides state of the art high performance computing, data handling and visualization facilities for the German earth system research community. The compute server is utilized for climate simulation on a global and regional scale and for research in climate change.

The data and visualization servers are used for the analysis of the data generated in the simulation runs. DKRZ has a project to create and operate a national climate data base system, which is also hosted on the data server provided by NEC.

Since a large amount of processing is required in the fields such as numerical climate simulations and model analysis on a global scale, a parallel vector supercomputer that is capable of ultra-high-speed processing performance and large memory capacity is essential. The new system meets these strong needs.

NEC released and started sales of the "SX-6 Series," the highest vector performance of which is 8 Teraflop/s (in case of SX-6/1024M128, TFLOPS: one trillion floating point operations per second). This world-fastest technical vector supercomputer is available in the US, Canada and Mexico through Cray Inc., NEC's exclusive distributor in the North American market.

Vector computation machines have high data transfer rate between CPU CPU
 in full central processing unit

Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit.
 and memory in proportion to its CPU performance. The SX-6 Series achieves the shortened access time and high efficiency of computations by realizing high throughput performance. This was realized by employing state-of-the-art high performance DRAM and high-speed memory network cross bar switch. It also contributes to the improved price performance and much smaller footprint by using high-density CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Pronounced "c-moss." The most widely used integrated circuit design. It is found in almost every electronic product from handheld devices to mainframes.  LSI LSI: see integrated circuit.


(Large Scale Integration) Between 3,000 and 100,000 transistors on a chip. See SSI, MSI, VLSI and ULSI.
 technology employing 0.15-micron design rule.

NEC takes this large-scale order as a milestone and intends to expand its vector supercomputers in research institutions related to earth system research fields.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (FTSE FTSE

A company that specializes in index calculation. Although not part of a stock exchange, co-owners include the London Stock Exchange and the Financial Times.

Notes:
The FTSE is similar to Standard & Poor's in the United States.
: 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, visit http://www.nec.com or call 212-702-7051.
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