|(processor)||array processor - (Or "vector processor") A computer, or extension
to its arithmetic unit, that is capable of performing
simultaneous computations on elements of an array or table
of data in some number of dimensions.|
The IBM AltiVec (the "Velocity Engine" used in the Apple G4 computers) is a vector processor.
Common uses for array processors include analysis of fluid dynamics and rotation of 3d objects, as well as data retrieval, in which elements of a database are scanned simultaneously. Array processors are very rare now (1998).