Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs Make NEC SX-9 Super

NEC Corporation has adopted Xilinx’s (Nasdaq: XLNX) Virtex(TM)-5 LXT platform for its SX-9 Vector Supercomputer, the world’s fastest supercomputer. NEC selected the Virtex-5 LXT platform for its ability to support the unique SX I/O interface. By adopting the Virtex-5 LXT platform, NEC reduced the cost of developing PCI Express control devices with high-speed SerDes interfaces and achieved low LSI (large-scale integration) costs for the SX-9 Supercomputer.

NEC’s SX-9 Supercomputer features the world’s first CPU capable of a peak vector performance in excess of 100 GFLOPS (billion floating-point arithmetic operations per second). The SX-9 Supercomputer can realize processing performance of 839 TFLOPS (trillion floating-point arithmetic operations per second), making it the world’s fastest vector supercomputer. Compared to scalar supercomputers with their numerous general-purpose CPUs, the SX-9 Supercomputer excels at scientific computation and ultra fast computation of large data. It also provides highly effective performance in meteorological forecasting, fluid analysis, environmental simulation, and simulations of unknown materials, such as nanotechnology and macromolecular design. NEC has sold more than a thousand SX series products worldwide.

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