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M31: a large-scale multiprocessor VAX for parallel processing research

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2 Author(s)
Reilly, M.H. ; Digital Equipment Corp., Maynard, MA, USA ; Sopka, J.R.

An overview is given of the M31, a custom-designed, large-scale multiprocessor VAX for support of research and experimentation in the area of parallel processing. It is a shared-memory design with all processors having equal access to all physically available memory over a common bus. A description is given of the fast backplane interconnect, a major innovation of the M31 design. Also discussed are the processor/cache module, memory subsystem, instrumentation hardware, and software development.<>

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Compcon Spring '88. Thirty-Third IEEE Computer Society International Conference, Digest of Papers

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Feb. 29 1998-March 3 1988