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scalar

 [ska´lar]
1. a physical quantity specified by a single number (a magnitude or point on a scale), such as mass or temperature. See also vector.
2. pertaining to a scalar quantity.

scalar

/sca·lar/ (ska´ler)
1. a quantity that has magnitude only (as opposed to also having direction), such as mass or temperature. Cf. vector.
2. pertaining to such a quantity.

scalar

describes a variable, quantity or measurement that has only magnitude (size), i.e. no directional component. Can be added arithmetically. Examples are area, speed, temperature.

scalar

in electrocardiography, a single magnitude value of a recorded electrical potential, expressed in millivolts.
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This allows the Scalar Processor to focus on the data setup and control functions for the Vector Processor.
At the end of the day, the conventional scalar processors used in most HPC systems are fundamentally limited in their ability to extract more parallelism from application codes.
The CRAY S-MP can be configured with up to eight 15-nanosecond high-performance SPARC scalar processors to provide a 533 MIPs scalar- only mainframe.