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Task-flow architecture for WSI parallel processing

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R. W. Horst ; Tandem Comput. Inc., Cupertino, CA, USA

The basics of task-flow architecture and the simulated wafer-scale implementation of flowing tasks (SWIFT), a register-transfer simulator that investigates the behavior of task-flow programs, are discussed. SWIFT simulates a ring of cells with two pipeline stages between successive cells. Each cell contains an arithmetic logic unit (ALU), a receive queue for holding incoming transmission packets, and a memory for storing memory packets (MPs). The chain wafer-scale integration (WSI) architecture that allows linear arrays to be configured from the working cells on a partially good wafer is applied to task-flow-machine implementations. Results from a limited Monte Carlo simulation run to predict yields for a 164-cell wafer configured using the chain WSI technique are presented. Results of a simulated sparse matrix-vector multiplication application of the task-flow architecture are also presented.<>

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Computer  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 4 )