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Scalable Coherent Interface: links to the future

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2 Author(s)
D. B. Gustavson ; SLAC, Stanford Univ., CA, USA ; E. Kristiansen

The uses of the Scalable Coherent Interface (SCI) are examined. SCI was developed to support closely coupled multiprocessors and their caches in a distributed shared-memory environment, but its scalability and the efficient generality of its architecture make it work very well over a wide range of applications. It can replace a local area network for connecting workstations on a campus. It can be a powerful I/O channel for a supercomputer. It can be the processor-cache-memory-I/O connection in a highly parallel computer. It can gather data from enormous particle detectors and distribute them among thousands of processors. It can connect a desktop microprocessor to memory chips a few millimeters away, disk drives a few meters away, and servers a few kilometers away.<>

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Compcon Spring '92. Thirty-Seventh IEEE Computer Society International Conference, Digest of Papers.

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24-28 Feb. 1992