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Host-independent access to transputers

Authors: Peel, Roger M. A.


Most Transputer development software is designed to run on Transputer hardware. The most common access mechanism to such facilities uses a Transputer card plugged directly into the expansion bus of a personal computer, workstation or minicomputer. The problem with this scheme is that the host machine must pass all communications to the Transputer, and thus must be involved even if the communication originated on another computer networked to this host. In addition, there is a physical limit to the number of Transputer cards which may be accommodated and individually controlled within each host.In order to support large populations of users economically, the author has developed a Transputer-based Ethernet peripheral which can communicate directly with networked host processors, and supports multiple target Transputers, each running an enhanced version of the standard INMOS Iserver. Each target Transputer is therefore capable of running the Transputer Development System and the standalone Toolkit compilers, as well as user's application programs. In addition, capabilities are provided for reserving clusters of client Transputers for the execution of multi-Transputer applications.


OUG-12: Tools and Techniques for Transputer Applications, Stephen J. Turner, 1990, pp 132 - 137 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam

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