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  • Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Vol.I: Architecture Track (IEEE Cat. No. 89TH0242-8)

    Publication Year: 1989
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  • MPC-multiprocessor C language for consistent abstract shared data type paradigms

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 171 - 180 vol.1
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    Multiprocessor C (MPC), a C language preprocessor that assists a programmer in building efficient parallel programs, is described. MPC provides the programmer with a virtual implementation machine, the consistent abstract shared data type implementation machine (CASDTIM). The machine is described and an analytical model for predicting performance of MPC programs using the CASDTIM is presented. The... View full abstract»

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  • A rapid turn-around system for designing efficient fine grained signal processors

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 102 - 110 vol.1
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    A CAD (computer-aided design tool set) designed for rapid prototyping of a specific class of high-performance signal processing architectures is presented. Efficient implementation of these architectures results in systems that are very fast (<35-ns clock cycle) and can be very small in size (<500 λ by 500 λ). The system is composed of five software tools that have been designe... View full abstract»

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  • Symbolic layout for rapid full-custom prototyping of high-speed telecommunications chips

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 92 - 101 vol.1
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    The MULGA symbolic design system, which has been in use at Bellcore for design of research VLSI chips, and Bellcore's experience with symbolic design of high-performance VLSI are described. Bellcore's research on a new symbolic design system, DASL, is discussed. The use of symbolic layout in cell-based systems and silicon compilers, and its use in these areas is covered View full abstract»

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  • Rapid architecture prototyper (RAP)

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 5 - 13 vol.1
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    A novel hardware prototyper is described for rapid retargeting of hardware and compilers. Architects can directly create a machine organization, using compiler support design tradeoffs. This rapid prototyping tool features relatively simple hosting (on a PC-AT), diverse target architectures, and minimal use of host memory. It provides simple and rapid retargeting through careful utilization of cod... View full abstract»

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  • Design management in a workstation environment

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 111 - 117 vol.1
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    Problems with present VLSI design management approaches are outlined, and areas for improvement are identified. A design management that will facilitate the correct and timely creation of VLSI designs is proposed, concentrating on the problems associated with designing ICs using a network of engineering workstations. The requirements for such a system are discussed from both a practical and theore... View full abstract»

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  • A new method for two dimensional symbolic compaction of IC layout

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 14 - 18 vol.1
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    A method for two-dimensional IC symbolic layout compaction is presented. Distances between the layout elements and the selected origin are minimized to achieve a compacted layout. Compared to one-dimensional compaction, this algorithm gets better results and its time complexity is of the same order View full abstract»

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  • The design of processing elements on a multiprocessor system with a high-bandwidth, high-latency interconnection network

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 319 - 328 vol.1
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    A description is given of the ways in which the environment of a highly parallel, high-latency interconnection network is different from that encountered in a uniprocessor system. The impact of these differences on the design of the processing elements is discussed. Methods that can be used to evaluate the impact of architectural choices on the performance of any system that uses a similar network... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering design of the CONVEX C2

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 214 - 222 vol.1
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    The CONVEX C220 and C240 supercomputers, a family of 64-bit multiprocessors tightly coupled through a shared main memory, are discussed. The structure of the C2 family and of the C1 family that preceded it is described. The product definition process and the technology selection are examined. The way in which the project was organized and staffed, the tools used, and some of the significant crisis... View full abstract»

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  • Space-variant optical parallel logic gate technique and its application to cellular logic architectures

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 460 - 468 vol.1
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    A general approach is described for optically implementing massively parallel logic. A space-variant logic related to the MIMD (multiple-instruction-multiple-data) logic operation technique is proposed and extended to a ternary logic. A cellular array based on the ternary logic is proposed, and its application to a dynamic interconnection architecture in which optical data flow is changed by an op... View full abstract»

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  • Real-time computing-tri-dimensional computing

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 118 - 119
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    The importance of real-time computing is constantly growing. It is required in a large number of systems, including but not limited to aerospace, defense, industrial automation, nuclear engineering, and decision support. The author defines a real-time computing system as a system capable of receiving inputs from an external process, performing the required data processing, and outputting the corre... View full abstract»

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  • Interconnection and systems components for digital optics

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 424 - 431 vol.1
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    Thick holograms for the infrared based on dichromated gelatin have been studied. Since these holograms are recorded in the blue wavelength region, detuning techniques are necessary for reply with diode lasers. Beam-splitting and beam-combination devices have also been investigated. Beam splitters with low splitting ratios are needed for the implementation of symbolic substitution. Beam splitters w... View full abstract»

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  • An optical learning machine

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 432 - 439 vol.1
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    The authors report on what they believe to be the first demonstration of a fully operational optical learning machine. Learning in this machine takes place stochastically in a self-organizing trilayered optoelectronic neural net with plastic connectivity weights that are formed in a programmable nonvolatile spatial light modulator. The net learns by adapting its connectivity weights in accordance ... View full abstract»

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  • A dedicated data flow architecture for hardware compilation

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 181 - 190 vol.1
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    A dedicated data-flow architecture that has been designed to be a part of a hardware compiler is described. This machine evaluates attribute grammars in a data-flow fashion by accepting their reverse-dependency graph, which is similar to a data-flow graph. The outputs and the results of these evaluations are sent to the other components for later use. The machine is believed to be the first dedica... View full abstract»

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  • Optical modules for future signal processing systems

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 450 - 459 vol.1
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    Analog optical modules must be part of a larger signal-processing system, and it is difficult to pass information from an optical module operating near maximum throughput to the other parts of a signal-processing system. The basis for this difficulty is often thought to be the high bandwidth and large number of channels of the optical module, but more quantitatively, optical modules do not yet hav... View full abstract»

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  • Extending a Prolog architecture for high performance numeric computations

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 393 - 402 vol.1
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    The Aquarius numeric processor (ANP) is an extended numeric instruction set architecture that is based on the Berkeley programmed logic machine (PLM) and supports integrated symbolic and numeric calculations. This extension expands the existing numeric data type to include 32- and 64-bit integers and single- and double-precision floating-point numbers conforming to the IEEE Standard P754. A class ... View full abstract»

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  • Performance measurement of a shared-memory multiprocessor using hardware instrumentation

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 267 - 276 vol.1
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    A hardware approach is presented for the design of performance measurement instrumentation for a shared-memory, tightly coupled MIMD multiprocessor. The resource measurement system (REMS) is a nonintrusive, hardware measurement tool used to obtain both trace measurement and resource utilization information. This approach provides more detailed and extensive measurement information than alternative... View full abstract»

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  • An integrated CAD environment for system design

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 39 - 48 vol.1
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    An integrated CAD (computer-aided design) environment that leverages publicly available CAD tools is described. Tools not suitably available and tools integration software are added to this base set of tools to complete the system. The CAD system is based on a top-down design and verification methodology that includes feedback from lower design levels to higher levels. At its heart are central dat... View full abstract»

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  • Spatial light modulators for optical computing and information processing

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 416 - 423 vol.1
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    A review of spatial light modulator (SLM) technologies is presented, including the description and performance parameters of the principal devices and their main applications for optical information processing. The various performance tradeoffs and their impact on emerging technologies and future trends of spatial light modulators are discussed. Three recently introduced SLM devices are briefly de... View full abstract»

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  • Extended ASLM-a reconfigurable database machine

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 329 - 337 vol.1
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    The architectural features of the ASLM database machine are explored, and the retrieval aspect of incorporating a comprehensive null value policy into the design of ASLM is examined. The join operation is used as a performance measure in the evaluation of ASLM. The extension of ASLM to a multiuser/multiprogram environment by dynamic reconfigurability of the hardware resources among a set of concur... View full abstract»

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  • A massive memory supercomputer

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 338 - 345 vol.1
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    An approach to supercomputing that is based on using a massive main memory (in the order of gigabytes) is investigated. Many of the problems currently solved on conventional supercomputers can equally be solved in similar time on such a machine, with a modest processor speed. The advantages of this approach in supporting database applications, VLSI applications and many other applications working ... View full abstract»

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  • Approaches to optical microprogramming

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 469 - 472 vol.1
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    Approaches to the optical implementation of the stored-program concept are presented. The focus is on microprogramming, which is commonly used to organize data flow at the lowest hardware level. It is shown that the traditional implementation used in electronic computers maps easily into optics in many ways. A distributed addressing approach provides a simple solution, while a centralized addressi... View full abstract»

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  • A coherent system for performing an optical transform

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 445 - 449 vol.1
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    A coherent optical system for performing an arbitrary linear transform is described. The system consists of a holographic mask and two Fourier lenses. A set of equations for determining the amplitude-phase distribution of the mask is given, and the mask is generated by combination of a computer-generated hologram and optical holography. As an example, a Walsh-Hadamard transform of order 32 is real... View full abstract»

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  • A methodology for quick turn-around of high performance DSP ASICS

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 23 - 28 vol.1
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    An approach that has been successfully in the design of a family of high-performance digital signal processors is described. It offers the advantage of a short design cycle without sacrificing performance. The method relies on the availability of a well-characterized standard cell library, an accurate gate-level simulator, a behavioral simulator for architectural evaluations, and module generators... View full abstract»

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  • Rapid turn-around design style and technology: impact on computer architecture

    Publication Year: 1989
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    A very short turnaround cycle for VLSI is possible due to advances in the integration and fabrication process and supporting CAD (computer-aided design) tools. The ways in which this development affects the design, planning, and architecture of future products are examined View full abstract»

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