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NEC Launches World's Fastest Computer

Long-time computer maker NEC is set to launch their greatest supercomputer ever. This is not your average PC so don't expect to line up at your local electronics store to purchase one of these ultra fast computers. This computer stands about as tall as the average person, and so it is not a legitimate choice for your next desktop PC. NEC is calling this computer the SX-9, which is part of their SX-series of vector computers. This vector supercomputer is capable of a maximum processing performance of 839 TFLOPS (TeraFLOPS), and a shared memory of 1 TB.

NEC SX-9 vector supercomputerNEC SX-9 vector supercomputer

What is a FLOPS? FLOPS is an acronym which stands for FLoating point Operations Per Second. The prefix "tera" stands for 1 x 1012 FLOPS. It's basically a measure of how fast a computer performs the desired instructions. As a comparison, a basic calculator operates at about 10 FLOPS, and a PS3 operates at about 2 TFLOPS. The previous fastest computer in the world, the IBM Blue Gene/L, ran at a maximum performance of 280.6 TFLOPS. Enough with the "computer jargon", you get the idea.

NEC says that the SX-9 will be used for various scientific applications. A few of these applications will be: meteorologists and weather forecasting, fluid dynamics and environmental simulation, and simulations in nanotechnology and polymeric design. NEC claims that they have already received over a thousand pre-orders, from the scientific community, for the SX-9 computers. NEC has scheduled a release date for March, 2008.

All of this computing power comes at a cost; a very high cost! NEC has not released a purchase price for the SX-9, but I was able to dig up the price for renting one of these machines. Rental prices for the SX-9 will reportedly cost $26,043 per month! The SX-9 supercomputer will be showcased in Reno, Nevada November 10-16.

Source: NEC

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Comments
Oct 30, 2007
by werk (not verified)

They should have a flop off!

They should have a flop off! NEC and Sony, NEC's new super computer V Sony's PS3 cluster module.

Aug 13, 2008
by Anonymous

NEC

need to see a doc, something is wrong with their brain.

Aug 13, 2008
by Anonymous

Antissn

Antissn came with a Quadro X 4 Processor , and was blocked by the patent Gov.. how this NEC could be faster .

Quadro by 4, is a cube who contains 8 processeur who contains 4 microprocessor each in total 24 processor slave and masters.

( 8 X 4 ) in 1.

when when came with crystalium processor with infinite speed, was again blocked,