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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.

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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This allows the Scalar Processor to focus on the data setup and control functions for the Vector Processor.
5Gflop vector units shared by four scalar processors.
The modularly designed UNIX-based Model 522 uses two 64-bit ECL RISC scalar processors and two vector coprocessors, which are based on a Cray vector instruction set.