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Issue 1 • Jan.-Feb. 1998

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  • The bleeding edge

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):10 - 11
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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  • Starfire: extending the SMP envelope

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):39 - 49
    Cited by:  Papers (43)  |  Patents (14)
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    Like most multiboard systems, Starfire has a two-level interconnect. The on-board interconnect conveys traffic from the processors, SBus cards, and memory to the off-board address and data ports. The centerplane interconnect transfers addresses and data benveen the boards. Memory accesses always traverse the global interconnect, even if the requested memory location is physically on the same board... View full abstract»

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  • Implementing degradable processing arrays

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):64 - 74
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    Today's burgeoning multimedia and network technology require large high-performance processing arrays. Conventional chip packaging and board-level integration cannot meet operating speeds in these high-performance systems. In addition, large systems require technologies that provide reliable, single packaging. The main focus of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of building reliable syste... View full abstract»

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  • Virtual network transport protocols for Myrinet

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):53 - 63
    Cited by:  Papers (31)  |  Patents (13)
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    Bringing direct and protected network multiprogramming into mainstream cluster computing requires innovations in three key areas: application programming interfaces, network virtualization systems, and lightweight communication protocols for high-speed interconnects. The AM-II API extends traditional active messages with support for client-server computing and facilitates the construction of paral... View full abstract»

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  • Java and the PAS process

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):4 - 5
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    Anyone who thinks standards just happen and the job of creating standards is easy, fun, and a chance to travel to fun places should have had the chance to help standardize Java. The Sun Microsystems director of standards, was given the “opportunity” of responding to the market's (users, providers, partners, competitors) request to make Java a standard. Everyone wanted it, and Java was ... View full abstract»

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  • High-speed electrical signaling: overview and limitations

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):12 - 24
    Cited by:  Papers (94)  |  Patents (27)
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    Advances in IC fabrication technology, coupled with aggressive circuit design, have led to exponential growth of IC speed and integration levels. For these improvements to benefit overall system performance, the communication bandwidth between systems and ICs must scale accordingly. Currently, communication links in various applications approach Gbps data rates. These applications include computer... View full abstract»

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  • Myrinet communication

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):50 - 52
    Cited by:  Papers (7)
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    In last year's IEEE Micro special issue on the Hot Interconnects IV Symposium, we discussed our experiences with client-server computing on the Paragon-based Shrimp multicomputer. Since then we implemented the same virtual memory-mapped communication (VMMC) mechanism on the Myrinet-based Shrimp multicomputer (a set of Pentium PCs connected by a Myrinet network). In both cases we achieved protected... View full abstract»

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  • The Gnat versus the Borg [Microsoft]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):6 - 8
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    This month's Micro Law continues the discussion begun in the last issue, that topic being the contempt of court case against Microsoft that the US Justice Department (DOJ) brought in October 1997. Part I described the background of the present case, and the evidence on whether Microsoft has been coercively packaging Internet Explorer (IE) with Win 95 to swallow up the Internet browser market. Part... View full abstract»

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  • A tracking clock recovery receiver for 4-Gbps signaling

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):25 - 27
    Cited by:  Papers (8)  |  Patents (5)
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    We previously described a design for a 4-Gbps signaling system that uses transmitter equalization to overcome the frequency-dependent attenuation in transmission lines due mainly to skin effect and dielectric absorption. Since then, at least one other group has built an experimental system that uses a similar approach. We present here experimental results from an implementation of this idea in 0.5... View full abstract»

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  • To have and to have not [techno-haves and have-nots]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):76 - 84
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    Since PCs and other digital innovations are the fastest growing industries in the country, they are the main factor of growth in the higher income occupations. In other words, the wages for techno-have-nots are lower than the wages of the techno-haves. This gap has widened in the last two decades due to the diffusion of advanced information technology. Every year the techno-haves come out better. ... View full abstract»

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  • Packet-switched optical networks

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):28 - 38
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    We describe a testbed to study both the theoretical aspects and physical implementation issues associated with high-bit-rate, multihop, packet-switched OTDM networks. We have found that using optical time-division-multiplexed (OTDM) techniques can greatly increase the bandwidth of a single-wavelength channel. Ultrafast OTDM networks are excellent candidates for meeting the system requirements for ... View full abstract»

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