NEC unveils smallest supercomputer yet

Hoping to broaden the market for supercomputers beyond universities and national research institutes, NEC Corp. has taken the wraps off a small supercomputer designed to sit next to a desk and serve a single office.

"Supercomputers are very expensive and we introduced this class of machine so that each laboratory and small organization can purchase one without having to have a special budget," said Kosuke Yamauchi, a spokesman for NEC. The machine costs 18 million yen (US$145,000) for the lower of the two models on offer.

Based on a single SX-6 microprocessor with performance of 8G FLOPS (floating point operations per second), the computer is available with either 4G bytes or 8G bytes of main memory that has a maximum data transfer rate of 32G bytes per second. It runs the Super-UX Unix-based operating system and supports Fortran 90/SX and C++/SX programming languages.

Beyond the low price, another advantage of the SX-6i is the architecture it shares with other supercomputers in NEC's SX-6 range, which was introduced in October. This means users are able to run any software written for SX-6 machines on the new computer, said the spokesman.

Physically, the deskside version of the machine measures 450 by 730 by 700 millimeters and weighs 100 kilograms. Two rack-mount versions are also available in 25U and 37U formats (1U = 1.75 inches).

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?