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NEC goes to Canada

In the wake of losing a dumping ruling, NEC will set up a supercomputer center in Canada for U.S. customers.

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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.
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NEC is planning to establish a supercomputer center in Canada for handling U.S. customers, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan?s largest business daily.

This comes in the wake of a dumping ruling against NEC by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

Since the ruling makes it practically impossible for NEC to sell supercomputers in the U.S., the company will be forced to open a service center in Canada to provide services to customers, according to the report.

NEC is expected to equip the center with supercomputers and link up with clients via the Internet, the report said.

NEC machines have received high marks from U.S. research organizations, so keen demand for the service is expected, according to the report.

NEC will contest the ITC ruling and appeal the findings of a U.S. Department of Commerce investigation in federal appeals court, the report added.

NEC is also hoping the Japanese government will consider arguing its case with the World Trade Organization, the newspaper said.