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Cost-effective parallel computing

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2 Author(s)
D. A. Wood ; Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI, USA ; M. D. Hill

We consider how large memories can make parallel computing cost-effective even with modest speedups. As a concrete example, we use 1994 Silicon Graphics (SGI) prices to show that actual costups can be far less than linear for systems with hundreds of Mbytes of main memory. We consider hardware costs but not software costs, since we do not know how to noncontroversially measure the latter

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Computer  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 2 )