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General purpose parallel computers: a standard architecture with a standard programming interface

Authors: Barrett, Geoff, Barton, Eric, Carden, Trevor, Duval, Dominique, Nicole, Denis A.


Recent developments in the area of high performance computing are pointing the way to a standard architecture for parallel computers. This architecture contains a number of medium-cost processing elements which communicate with each other through a high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnect. The design of the interconnect eliminates the concerns of "locality" which are current in the programming of present-day machines. This "flat" topology and common architectural model lead to increased opportunities for establishing portable software for high performance computing. The Esprit GP-MIMD project has exploited these opportunities by developing the architectural model and denning a programming interface for software which runs efficiently on machines with a range of processing power.


Proceedings of WoTUG-15: Transputer Systems - ongoing Research, Alastair R. Allen, 1992, pp 129 - 138 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam

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