【NEC】 ACOS System 1500 Series

In February 1985, NEC announced the ACOS System 1500 Series -- the world's largest and fastest general-purpose computer at the time. This series employed high-speed LSI, including: 300-gate bipolar logic LSI (CML) with a delay time per gate of 250 picoseconds, 2,000-gate bipolar logic LSI (CML) with a delay time per gate of 350 picoseconds, and 1-kilobyte bipolar RAM with an access time of 3.5 nanoseconds. A quantum leap in arithmetic speed was achieved by using technologies, such as 2-level high-capacity high-speed cache memory, a sophisticated pipeline system, and high-precision branch prediction. This series was equipped with an integrated array processor, and thus had scientific and engineering calculation performance close to that of a supercomputer.

Furthermore, by achieving database sharing through the Multi System Control Processor(MSCP) and the Multi System Database Sharing Facility(MDSF), and by using features like the Multi System Supervisory Facility (MSSF), it became possible to build a sophisticated large-scale system with up to a maximum of 4 tightly coupled multiprocessors, or 4 loosely coupled multiprocessor systems. Use of the Multi System RAS Facility(MSRF) made it possible to build hot standby systems, and thereby greatly improve reliability and availability.

ACOS System 1500 Series Specifications
  S1510 S1520 S1530 S1540
Announcement date February 1985
Number of arithmetic processors 1 2 3 4
Main memory capacity Max. 128MB Max. 128/256MB Max. 256MB
Cache memory Instruction cache 64KB 64KBx2 64KBx3 64KBx4
Operand cache 64KB 64KBx2 64KBx3 64KBx4
System cache 512KB 512KB/512KBx2 512KBx2 512KBx2
Number of channels Max. 48 Max. 48/96 Max. 96
CPU element Bipolar CML
Memory element 256Kbit DRAM

ACOS system 1500