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scalar processor

[′skā·lər ′prä‚ses·ər]
(computer science)
A computer that carries out computations on one number at a time.
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scalar processor

A CPU that performs computations on one number or set of data at a time. Most computers have scalar CPUs. A scalar processor is known as a "single instruction stream single data stream" (SISD) CPU. Contrast with vector processor. See scalar.
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Tokyo, July 17, 2009 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu and Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, known as RIKEN, today announced that RIKEN has decided to employ a new system configuration with a scalar processing architecture for its next-generation supercomputer.
As these are special-purpose processors, they are often not well-suited for traditional, scalar processing computations.