# scalar

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## sca·lar

(skā′lər, -lär′)
n.
1.
a. A quantity, such as mass, length, or speed, that is completely specified by its magnitude and has no direction.
b. Mathematics A number, numerical quantity, or element in a field.
2. A device that yields an output equal to the input multiplied by a constant, as in a linear amplifier.
Of or relating to a scalar.

## scalar

(ˈskeɪlə)
n
1. (Mathematics) a quantity, such as time or temperature, that has magnitude but not direction. Compare vector1, tensor2, pseudoscalar, pseudovector
2. (Mathematics) maths an element of a field associated with a vector space
(Mathematics) having magnitude but not direction

## sca•lar

(ˈskeɪ lər)

1. representable by position on a scale or line; having only magnitude: a scalar variable.
2. of, pertaining to, or utilizing a scalar.
n.
4. a quantity possessing only magnitude. Compare vector (def. 1).
[1650–60; < Latin scālāris of a ladder. See scale3, -ar1]

## sca·lar

(skā′lər)
A quantity, such as mass, length, or speed, whose only property is magnitude; a number. Compare vector.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 scalar - a variable quantity that cannot be resolved into componentsvariable quantity, variable - a quantity that can assume any of a set of values Adj. 1 scalar - of or relating to a musical scale; "he played some basic scalar patterns on his guitar" 2 scalar - of or relating to a directionless magnitude (such as mass or speed etc.) that is completely specified by its magnitude; "scalar quantity"
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## scalar

[ˈskeɪləʳ] (Math, Phys)
2. n
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"It started us thinking 'could it be interesting to build a memory controller that could attach to the Intel processor to ease the scalar processor burden of having to deal with vector applications'," he said.
The Wildcat VPUs are the industry's first graphics processors that are programmable from high-order surfaces through to anti-aliased framebuffer pixels with highly efficient SIMD scalar processor arrays replacing hardwired logic and inflexible register-combiners at critical sections in a highly optimized graphics pipeline.
The Wildcat VPUs are the industry's first graphics processors that are programmable from high-order surfaces through to anti-aliased framebuffer pixels -- with highly efficient SIMD scalar processor arrays replacing hardwired logic and inflexible register-combiners at critical sections in a highly optimized graphics pipeline.
SGI says that "significant financial development support" will come from several government agencies, including the National Security Agency, to help it develop the next generation SV2 vector and scalar processor. George Cotter, chief scientist at the NSA said the systems "are absolutely essential to US national security interests." Funding details weren't revealed, but are thought to be in the tens of millions area for year one, with more to follow for a total of five years.

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