DescriptionNEC unveils the details of the next-generation vector supercomputer (project code: Aurora), which is a successor system to the latest model SX-ACE. This brand-new system is slated for its product release in 2018. In order to make available both high sustained performance and productivity, NEC develops an innovative vector processor offering the world’s highest memory bandwidth per processor. It is built into a standard PCIe card as Vector Engine, which allows the user to capitalize on a high sustained performance for a spectrum of applications in the de facto standard x86/Linux environment. There is no need to struggle for special programming techniques in harnessing its processing capabilities. This card device enables easy programming in standard Fortran/C/C++ languages, for which the NEC compiler will automatically carry out vectorization and parallelization. The user can benefit from a higher sustained performance with minimum effort by utilizing the Vector Engine hardware.