%T Host\-independent access to transputers
%A Roger M. A. Peel
%E Stephen J. Turner
%B OUG\-12: Tools and Techniques for Transputer Applications
%X 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\[rs]s
application programs. In addition, capabilities are provided
for reserving clusters of client Transputers for the
execution of multi\-Transputer applications.
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