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The Massively Parallel Processor

by Jerry L. Potter

Part of the Scientific and Engineering Computation Series

The Massively Parallel Processor Synopsis

The development of parallel processing, with the attendant technology of advanced software engineering, VLSI circuits, and artificial intelligence, now allows high-performance computer systems to reach the speeds necessary to meet the challenge of future complex scientific and commercial applications. This collection of articles documents the design of one such computer, a single instruction multiple data stream (SIMD) class supercomputer with 16,834 processing units capable of over 6 billion 8 bit operations per second. It provides a complete description of the Massively Parallel Processor (MPP), including discussions of hardware and software with special emphasis on applications, algorithms, and programming. This system with its massively parallel hardware and advanced software is on the cutting edge of parallel processing research, making possible AI, database, and image processing applications that were once thought to be inconceivable. The massively parallel processor represents the first step toward the large-scale parallelism needed in the computers of tomorrow. Orginally built for a variety of image-processing tasks, it is fully programmable and applicable to any problem with sizeable data demands. Contents History of the MPP, D. Schaefer * Data Structures for Implementing the Classy Algorithm on the MPP, R. White * Inversion of Positive Definite Matrices on the MPP, R. White * LANDSAT-4 Thematic Mapper Data Processing with the MPP, R. O. Faiss * Fluid Dynamics Modeling, E. J. Gallopoulas * Database Management, E. Davis * List Based Processing on the MPP, J. L. Potter * The Massively Parallel Processor System Overvew, K. E. Batcher * Array Unit, K. E. Batcher * Array Control Unit, K. E. Batcher * Staging Memory, K. E. Batcher * PE Design, J. Burkley * Programming the MPP, J. L. Potter * Parallel Pascal and the MPP, A. P Reeves * MPP System Software, K. E. Batcher * MPP Program Development and Simulation, E. J. Gallopoulas

Book Information

ISBN: 9780262661799
Publication date: 26th July 1985
Author: Jerry L. Potter
Publisher: MIT Press an imprint of MIT Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 300 pages
Categories: Computer science,

About Jerry L. Potter

Dennis B. Gannon is Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University Bloomington. William Gropp is Director of the Parallel Computing Institute and Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Ewing Lusk is Argonne Distinguished Fellow Emeritus at Argonne National Laboratory.

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