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Educational tool for design of parallel processing systems

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2 Author(s)
H. B. Diab ; Fac. of Eng. & Archit., American Univ. of Beirut, Lebanon ; H. S. Tabbara

A software package which can be used as an educational tool for the design of a subset of parallel processing architecture (PPA) systems is presented. A user-friendly interface guides the user through the different steps involved in specifying and emulating PPA systems using program-driven simulation. The user can choose any of the following PPA systems categorised according to Flynn's taxonomy: MISD (multiple instruction single data), SIMD (single instruction multiple data) and MIMD (multiple instruction multiple data). Workload and scheduler specifications can be defined by the user. The evaluation model is based on the queuing theory for the modelling and simulation of PPA systems. The simulation program is based on a linked list structure to represent events. The package includes HELP and ERROR LOG utilities, and provides graphical illustrations of the results and performance indices.<>

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IEE Proceedings A - Science, Measurement and Technology  (Volume:139 ,  Issue: 1 )