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A modular massively parallel computing approach to image-related processing

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2 Author(s)
Krikelis, A. ; Aspex Microsystems Ltd., Brunel Univ., Uxbridge, UK ; Lea, R.M.

A modular massively parallel computing (Modular-MPC) philosophy to image-related processing is discussed in this paper The approach is based on application-specific configurations of generic fine-grain Single Instruction stream operating on Multiple Data (SIMD) streams massively parallel computing modules to achieve high performance and maximal flexibility and programmability while remaining cost-effective. The need for a software architecture to allow programming such systems is highlighted and the implementations on current Modular-MPC systems are described. The experience with ASTRA, a Modular-MPC testbed system, in image related application development and system performance has led to a technology road-map using VLSI, MCM, and monolithic WSI technologies aiming at `future proofing' of the Modular-MPC concept and systems achieving T (1012) operations per second performance. This experience and progress are discussed together with the implementation of three image-related processing applications

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:84 ,  Issue: 7 )