Emulating Digital Logic using Transputer Networks (Very High Parallelism = Simplicity = Performance)

Welch, Peter H. (1989) Emulating Digital Logic using Transputer Networks (Very High Parallelism = Simplicity = Performance). Parallel Computing, 9 (2). pp. 257-272. ISSN 0167-8191. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Modern VLSI technology has changed the economic rules by which the balance between processing power, memory and communications is decided in computing systems. This will have a profound impact on the design rules for the controlling software. In particular, the criteria for judging efficiency of the algorithms will be somewhat different. This paper explores some of these implications through the development of highly parallel and highly distributable algorithms based on occam and transputer networks. The major results reported are a new simplicity for software designs, a corresponding ability to reason (formally and informally) about their properties, the reusability of their components and some real performance figures which demonstrate their practicality. Some guidelines to assist in these designs are also given. As a vehicle for discussion, an interactive simulator is developed for checking the functional and timing characteristics of digital logic circuits of arbitrary complexity.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Published by North-Holland. This is an updated version of the paper of June 1987.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009 11:41
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 10:59
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20890 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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