NEC SX-Aurora for AI
The SX-Aurora Tsubasa AI platform supports Python and TensorFlow development environments as well as programming languages such as C / C ++ and Fortran.
NEC offers several versions of its latest SX-Aurora Tsubasa versions for desktops and servers that can handle FHFL cards. The most advanced Vector Engine processor model is the Type 20, which has 10 cores running at 1.6 GHz and paired with 48 GB HBM2 memory. The board offers peak performance of 3.07 FP32 TFLOPS or 6, 14 FP16 TFLOPS.
While the peak performance offered by the SX-Aurora Tsubasa seems rather pale compared to that offered by the latest GPUs (which are also a class of vector processors), such as NVIDIA’s A100, NEC believes its vector processors can still be competitive, especially on datasets that require 48 GB of on-board memory (because NVIDIA has “only” 40 GB).
As an added benefit, the NEC SX-Aurora Tsubasa card can run typical compute-intensive workloads in an office workstation.
NEC does not publish prices for its SX-Aurora Tsubasa cards, but those who wish to try the product can contact the company for quotes. In addition, it is possible to try the hardware in the cloud.
Sources: ITMedia, EnterpriseAI, NEC (via HPCwire)