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Architecture and applications of the Connection Machine

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2 Author(s)
Tucker, L.W. ; Thinking Machines Corp., Cambridge, MA, USA ; Robertson, G.G.

The concept of data-parallel computers is explained, and their architecture of the Connection Machine (CM), which implements this approach, is described. It provides 64 K physical processing elements, millions of virtual processing elements with its virtual processor mechanism, and general-purpose, reconfigurable communications networks. The evolution of the CM architecture is examined, and the software environment, engineering and physical characteristics, and performance of the current embodiment (the CM-2) are discussed. Applications of the CM to molecular dynamics, VLSI design and circuit simulation, and computer vision are described.<>

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Computer  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 8 )