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The Connection Machine model CM-1 architecture

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2 Author(s)
B. A. Kahle ; Thinking Machines Corp., Cambridge, MA, USA ; W. D. Hillis

An examination is presented of the performance of the Connection Machine model CM-1 system, a general-purpose computer capable of adapting to many sizes and types of data sets. An overview of the hardware and software systems is provided and a simple application is presented from which the raw performance of the machine is examined. This illustrates the power of data-level parallelism and indicates how CM-1 performance is enhanced by the use of virtual processors and variable word size. The CM-1 system consists of a 64000 processor array, from one to four front-end computers, and high-speed peripherals such as disks and image devices

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 4 )