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May 5, 1987

SAXPY COMPUTER UNVEILS ITS MATRIX 1 $4m GIGAFLOPPER

By CBR Staff Writer

The programmable systolic scientific supercomputer promised by Saxpy Computer Corp, of Sunnyvale, California this time last year (CI No 403), was launched yesterday as the Matrix 1, a machine designed to integrate into the DEC VAX/VMS operating environment to provide users with a familiar interface. The Matrix 1 family consists of four models – Matrix 1/250, 1/500, 1/750 and 1/1000, the subscript indicating claimed performance in Megaflops. The Matrices are designed to process data in three modes – as single words or strings of words as in traditional scalar or vector computers, and in multi-dimensional matrices, the last mode giving the highest performance. The machines, claimed to represent a performance breakthrough comparable with that brought by vector processing, are aimed at defence and seismic signal processing, image processing and numerical analysis. The machines use off-the-shelf components and derived their high performance mainly from matrix processing, so that its machines cost about a quarter as much as conventional supercomputers. The company also claims that its architecture also eliminates many of the input-output and processing bottlenecks inherent in other systems, enabling peak performance to be sustained over a wide range of scientific computing. Prices range from $896,000 for a configured Matrix 1/250 to $4m for a 1/1000. Production shipments are due to start in August.

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