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The 3DP: a processor architecture for three-dimensional applications

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5 Author(s)
Yulun Wang ; Comput. Motion Inc., Goleta, CA, USA ; Mangaser, A. ; Srinivasan, P. ; Jordan, S.
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The 3DP (3-Dimensional Processor), a parallel-computing architecture that targets problems that have a 3-D numerical structure and require numerous calculations on 3-D vectors, is described. The 3DP architecture differs from traditional scalar architectures in that it operates directly on vectors. It differs from general parallel architectures in that it can solve problems that predict the behavior of highly coupled systems, and it differs from vector architectures in that it runs efficiently on length-3 vectors. Object-oriented programming on the 3DP and programming the 3DP in C++ are discussed. 3DP performance is reviewed, and the current implementation of the 3DP architecture, as an attached processor that plugs directly into Sun host VMEbus, is described.<>

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Computer  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 1 )