Sunday, October 28th 2007

NEC Launches World's Fastest Vector Supercomputer, SX-9

NEC Corporation today announced the worldwide launch and availability of the SX series model "SX-9," the world's fastest vector supercomputer with a peak processing performance of 839 TFLOPS. The SX-9 features the world's first CPU capable of a peak vector performance of 102.4 GFLOPS per single core.


In addition to the newly developed CPU, the SX-9 combines large-scale shared memory of up to 1TB and ultra high-speed interconnects achieving speeds up to 128GB/second. Through these enhanced features, the SX-9 closes in on the PFLOPS*3 range by realizing a processing performance of 839 TFLOPS. The SX-9 also achieves an approximate three-quarter reduction in space and power consumption over conventional models. This was achieved by applying advanced LSI design and high-density packaging technology.

In comparison to scalar servers incorporating multiple general-purpose CPUs, the vector supercomputer offers superior operating performance for high-speed scientific computation and ultra high-speed processing of large-volume data. The enhanced effectiveness of the new product will be clearly demonstrated in fields such as weather forecasting, fluid dynamics and environmental simulation, as well as simulations for as-yet-unknown materials in nanotechnology and polymeric design. NEC has already sold more than 1,000 units of the SX series worldwide to organizations within these scientific fields.

Features of the new product
  • Enhanced groundbreaking performance from ultra high-speed CPU
  • Inheriting existing vector architecture, the new product improves on this with the addition of an arithmetic unit and an increased number of vector pipelines. This has resulted in the development of the world's fastest single-chip vector processor with a computing performance of 102.4 GFLOPS per single core, and a wide memory bandwidth of 256GB/s. With a single node incorporating up to 16 CPUs, computing performance in excess of 1.6TFLOPS is achieved. The product also realizes a large-scale shared memory consisting of a memory capacity of 1TB.
  • Reduced TCO via high-density packaging and energy-saving technology
  • The vector processor has been integrated into a single chip by applying leading-edge CMOS technology with 65-nanometer Cu (copper interconnects) and the most advanced LSI design technology. The use of high-density packaging technology in which processor(s) and memory are implemented on a single module, and an effective design that provides optimum cooling functions, has resulted in a reduction in both space and power consumption of the SX-9. The new product is approximately one quarter the size of conventional models and uses about quarter the power.
  • User-friendly computing environment
  • The SX-9 is loaded with "SUPER-UX," basic software compliant with the UNIX System V operating system that can extract maximum performance from the SX series. SUPER-UX is equipped with flexible functions that can deliver more effective operational management compatible with large-scale multiple node systems.
The use of powerful compiler library groups and program development support functions to maximize SX performance makes the SX-9 a developer-friendly system. Application assets developed by users can also be integrated without modification, enabling full leverage of the ultra high-speed computing performance of the SX-9.

"NEC's vector supercomputers are being utilized in a wide array of fields, including advanced weather forecasting, aerospace, the environment and fluid dynamics, and have won praise from international and domestic universities and research organizations worldwide, as well as private corporations, for their high sustained performance and price competitiveness," said Mr. Yoshikazu Maruyama, Senior Vice President and Member of the Board at NEC Corporation. "The SX-9 has been developed to meet the need for ultra-fast simulations of advanced and complex large-capacity scientific computing."

The SX-9 will be showcased at SC07 (Supercomputing 2007), the world's largest supercomputing exposition, in Reno, Nevada from November 10 - 16. It will also be on display at iExpo2007 (NEC's own personal exhibition), at Tokyo's Big Site from December 5 - 7.Source: NEC
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24 Comments on NEC Launches World's Fastest Vector Supercomputer, SX-9

#1
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
wow think if it could be set up to run games...anyone know how video rendering will go on these?
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#2
Rodster
cdawall said:
wow think if it could be set up to run games...anyone know how video rendering will go on these?
Yeah and the EA Sports division would still find a way to bring it to it's knees and only produce 9FPS. :nutkick:
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#3
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Rodster said:
Yeah and the EA Sports division would still find a way to bring it to it's knees and only produce 9FPS. :nutkick:
:roll: no kidding
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#4
erocker
Are these things CPU's that more resembles a high-end GPU on the consumer market? It sounds fast. I have no idea what these things really are though...
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#5
patton45
9fps lol

funny maybe you guys just need new computers ea hasnt made a game in years that taxes my system. i have madden 08 for pc and a ton of other games and i get like 200+fps so its not ea. i installed the new crysis and even that gets 60fps max settings its all about your gpu guys get a new one. And down load crysis demo
i thought the ps3 was nice for floding lol.....so where can i get one for folding
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#6
erocker
Um... wow, new guy sounds like he is full of it to me?! Funny, your useless comments that aren't on task, seem very annoying.
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#8
erocker
Good idea Ben! I sure could use a cure for my damn diabetes!:D
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#9
Ben Clarke
Now, I just need to find my grandads old shotgun, then I'll head off down the bank.
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#10
erocker
Ben Clarke said:
Now, I just need to find my grandads old shotgun, then I'll head off down the bank.
In the name of...... SCIENCE!!! :rockout:






*erocker does not condone in any way bringing a shotgun anywhere near a bank, no mater any cause implied or not.
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#11
Jimmy 2004
This doesn't need to turn into a My computer's better than yours! debate, or an EA debate for that matter.

erocker said:
Are these things CPU's that more resembles a high-end GPU on the consumer market? It sounds fast. I have no idea what these things really are though...
Back on topic, about this resembling a high end GPU, I'm not sure. Apparently a vector processor is all to do with processing multiple calculations at once rather than one after the other, and they are actually used in the PS3 as part of the cell processor (alongside a normal scalar processor).
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#12
panchoman
Sold my stars!
does this beat the bluegene?
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#13
Jimmy 2004
panchoman said:
does this beat the bluegene?
BlueGene - 360 Teraflops
This - 102.4 Gigaflops

It's the fastest vector supercomputer, but it's not as fast as the scalar ones. ;)
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#14
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I wonder how this stacks up to Nvidias super computer running their GPU 8800 series cards. That thing is liks the most Tflops, Gflops, Zflops or whatever is the highest flops, going on right now. I read the article in a recent edition of Maximum PC.
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#15
Rodster
erocker said:
Um... wow, new guy sounds like he is full of it to me?! Funny, your useless comments that aren't on task, seem very annoying.
I think you need to lighten up a little. By the looks of your avatar it's been a while. :nutkick:
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#16
karlotta
Jimmy 2004 said:
BlueGene - 360 Teraflops
This - 102.4 Gigaflops...
:..peak processing performance of 839 TFLOPS", "This - 102.4 Gigaflops " is one CPU.
But what about the Flop/s /Watt?
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#17
Dr. Spankenstein
I don't care about all that! I just know that this computer would make this run uber-smooth!!:p
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#18
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
Dr. Spankenstein said:
I don't care about all that! I just know that this computer would make this run uber-smooth!!:p
If you don't care then don't reply. Please guys (goes for many people), keep responses to news useful, if you have nothing to add leave the thread be.
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#19
panchoman
Sold my stars!
Jimmy 2004 said:
BlueGene - 360 Teraflops
This - 102.4 Gigaflops

It's the fastest vector supercomputer, but it's not as fast as the scalar ones. ;)
erm, so why is it so special? what the difference between vector and scaler ones?
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#20
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Right all i need is a set of these & im off to kick everybodys ass at folding@home.

its like jet engine meets pidgeon. Slurrrrrrrrrp dinner time
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#21
Jimmy 2004
panchoman said:
erm, so why is it so special? what the difference between vector and scaler ones?
My mistake - I only read the single core rating. See karlotta's reply above. I still think BlueGene is the most powerful supercomputer that actually exists, just this has the potential to hit 839 TFLOPS if you use lots of them!
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#22
karlotta
Jimmy 2004 said:
My mistake - I only read the single core rating. See karlotta's reply above. I still think BlueGene is the most powerful supercomputer that actually exists, just this has the potential to hit 839 TFLOPS if you use lots of them!
The NEC Box uses a few of them. The CPUs are brand new tech, The Blue has the PowerPC 440 @ 700 MHz, in a 65,536 dual-processor cluster, and is much much bigger. 2500 sqft.!
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#23
tater
karlotta said:
The NEC Box uses a few of them. The CPUs are brand new tech, The Blue has the PowerPC 440 @ 700 MHz, in a 65,536 dual-processor cluster, and is much much bigger. 2500 sqft.!
i think your wrong


WIKIPEDIA
The 1-PFLOPS Blue Gene/P configuration is a 294 said:
A large number of nodes (scalable in increments of 1024 up to at least 65,536)
i think you got confused with this statement..
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#24
karlotta
tater said:
i think your wrong





i think you got confused with this statement..
"my" BlueGene is a /L not /P... There are more Blue Genes then ZZ top songs named Blue jean blues.:toast:
PS. Is the /P version even running yet?
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