Accession Number : ADA134239

Title :   Two Fundamental Issues in Multiprocessing: The Dataflow Solution.

Descriptive Note : Interim research rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Arvind, ; Iannucci,Robert A.

Report Date : SEP 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : There have been many attempts to construct multiple-processor computer systems. The majority of these systems are based on von Neumann style uniprocessors. To exploit the parallelism in algorithms, any high performance multiprocessor system must, however, address two very basic issues--the ability to tolerate long latencies for memory requests and the ability to achieve unconstrained, yet synchronized, access to shared data. In this paper, we define these two problems, and examine the ways in which they are addressed by some of the current and past von Neumann multiprocessor projects. We then proceed to hypothesize that the problems cannot be solved in a von Neumann context. We offer the dataflow model as one alternative, and we described our research in this area. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Multiprocessors, *Data processing, *Computer architecture, Data storage systems, Memory devices, Data rate, Data management, Information processing, Information retrieval, Flow charting

Subject Categories : Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE