This is another good example of a software need pushing the hardware to new heights. The inclusion of the vector processor is really interesting and is a throwback to the mainframe era. In the 1980s, using ANSYS and other, similar codes, we purchased a vestor processing facility to attach to our IBM mainframes. This was a great approach to speeding up engineering codes. Many engineering codes are more amenable to speedup with a vector processor than a massively parallel machine.
Interesting observation, Naperlou. The vector processor was definitely played down compared to the emphasis on optimizing the software to support multicore architectures. Nevertheless, the outcome is the same: Enabling heavy duty simulation duties, which greatly improves engineers' ability to do larger and more intense simulations on complex assemblies--all good for the development of more sophisticated products.
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