Accession Number : ADA195432

Title :   A Fine-Grain, Message-Passing Processing Node,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE MICROSYSTEMS RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Dally, William J

PDF Url : ADA195432

Report Date : Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : This paper describes a processing node for a fine-grain message-passing concurrent computer. The node consists of a processor, a communication unit, and a memory. To reduce the overhead of message passing and task switching to 5us, the node incorporates a send instruction, a fast communication system, hardware message buffering and dispatch, and a general translation mechanism. These mechanisms work together to implement a fine-grain programming system.

Descriptors :   *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, *MESSAGE PROCESSING, *NODES, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, FINE GRAINED MATERIALS, PROCESSING, TRANSLATIONS

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE