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An intelligent memory controller for dynamic data structures

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4 Author(s)
Geurts, W. ; ESAT Lab., Katholieke Univ. Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium ; Laps, G. ; Lauwereins, R. ; Peperstraete, J.A.

The authors discuss a new hardware solution for certain dynamic-memory management tasks that need to be performed in modern computing systems such as multiprocessors, database machines, file servers, printer buffers, etc. The memory controller is built around a custom-designed datapath which is optimized for address computations. This datapath is controlled by a microprogram sequencer. For every new application, only the microcode program needs to be developed, while the hardware can remain unchanged. Furthermore, the controller can work as a stand-alone system, requiring no external processor to program it. The performance of this system is compared with that of an off-the-shelf direct memory access controller

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CompEuro '89., 'VLSI and Computer Peripherals. VLSI and Microelectronic Applications in Intelligent Peripherals and their Interconnection Networks', Proceedings.

Date of Conference:

8-12 May 1989

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