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SC08—AUSTIN, TX—NOVEMBER 19, 2008—NVIDIA has announced today that it has begun a close collaboration with NEC to integrate NVIDIA® Tesla™ GPUs into its systems for the high performance computing (HPC) industry. NEC brings extensive experience as a major solution provider in the HPC market to the partnership which will see powerful, parallel GPU Computing solutions deployed into a range of industries.
“This partnership is an important step for NEC to promote a total solution business including heterogeneous or hybrid computing technologies,” said Mr. Fumihiko Hisamitsu, general manager of NEC’s High performance computing marketing promotion division. “NEC will offer unique HPC solutions to our joint customers and will work with NVIDIA globally to specify Tesla solutions for customers designing high performance computing clusters.”
“We are delighted to have an organization of NEC’s caliber supporting the Tesla business,” said Andy Keane, general manager of the GPU Computing business at NVIDIA. “Their industry and segment experience will deliver enormous value to our joint customers and will help to deliver truly transformative results to the work they are doing.”
The first customer to leverage this collaboration is the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, whose TSUBAME supercomputer has lead the supercomputing scene both in Japan and globally for the past 2.5 years. TSUBAME was upgraded in Oct 2008 with 680 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, unprecedentedly while the system remained in operation. The newly upgraded system recorded 77.48 Teraflops in Linpack, ranking it high in the global Top 500 supercomputer listing.
NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing processors are revolutionizing industries such as oil and gas, finance, medical and life science. In many cases, processing tasks that are simply not possible on CPU-based clusters and workstations are being enabled by the Tesla 10-series products. Each Tesla processor has 240 cores, providing 1 Teraflop of processing power, along with 4GB of onboard memory. The new NVIDIA Tesla S1070 1U system features four Tesla 10-series processors -- for a total of 960 cores and 4 Teraflops of processing power.
NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce® graphics products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro® graphics products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla™ computing solutions products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the importance, value and results of the collaboration between NVIDIA and NEC; the power of the parallel GPU Computing solution; and the impact of the NVIDIA Tesla GPUs on the TSUBAME and the oil and gas, finance, medical and life sciences industries are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: development of more efficient or faster technology; adoption of the CPU for parallel processing; design, manufacturing or software defects; the impact of technological development and competition; changes in consumer preferences and demands; customer adoption of different standards or our competitor's products; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended July 27, 2008. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on our website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.
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