Accession Number : ADA020051

Title :   Programming the Illiac IV,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Stevenson,David K.

Report Date : NOV 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : A simple model of parallel computation is a single instruction stream controlling a multiple processor configuration. Programs for such computers entail a host of considerations absent from programs for a conventional sequential computer. This paper explores the main considerations in using such a computer, largely in terms of the Illiac 4. It deals with gross system characteristics and how they affect the suitability of various problem formulations, parallel programs structures and data representations, and coding strategies and techniques. The paper is self-contained in that it does not require any previous knowledge of the Illiac; it should be of interest both to the general computing community as a survey of practical aspects of parallel computation and to those actually contemplating using the Illiac. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Computer programming, *Computer architecture, *Parallel processing, *Parallel processors, Multiprocessors, Data bases, Machine coding, Buffer storage, Arithmetic units, Input output processing, High level languages, Algorithms, Linear systems

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE