NEC is known for its vector processor-powered supercomputers, most notably the Earth Simulator. Typically, NEC’s vector processors have been aimed at numerical simulation and similar workloads, but recently NEC unveiled a platform that makes its latest SX-Aurora Tsubasa supercomputer-class processors usable for artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads. 

“The vector processor, with advanced pipelining, is a technology that proved itself long ago,” wrote Robbert Emery, who is responsible for commercializing NEC Corporation’s advanced technologies in HPC and AI/ML platform solutions. 

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