Accession Number : AD0772883

Title :   A Design for a Distributed-Control Multiple-Processor Computer System.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Goodwin,Richard James

Report Date : DEC 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : A tree-structured multiprocessing system design is proposed in which process communication is the primary link between processors. A hardware cluster, called a Processing Module, is proposed as the basic structural component. These modules literally 'plug together' to form a system of arbitrary size. Each module has its own memory and runs its own hierarchically-structured operating system, the nucleus of which implements P. B. Hansen's communications primitives along with process creation and removal. Workload scheduling and process location are performed recursively in the system's tree structure. Multiprogramming is implemented system-wide, allowing processes to migrate away from overloaded modules. It is argued that the resulting system would be truly general-purpose and is subject to no limit on its size and consequent computing power. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Computers, Multiple operation, Systems engineering, Operation, Computer programming, Data processing, Theses

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE