NEC has updated its vector supercomputer line, introducing the SX-8R on Tuesday. The system has twice the performance per processor as the, the company said. Vector computers, also sold by , are faster at processing some types of data than mainstream "scalar" machines that dominate conventional business computing.
The SX-8R processors double the number of features for performing addition and multiplication and run at a clock speed 10 percent faster than the SX-8's chips, NEC said. The SX-8R costs a minimum of $10,200 per month to rent, and the Japanese company expects to sell 200 systems over the next year. The company also said it's begun developing its next system.