A characterization of parallel systems

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Publication Type technical report
School or College College of Engineering
Department Computing, School of
Creator Davis, Alan L.
Other Author Denny, W. M.; Sutherland, I.
Title A characterization of parallel systems
Date 1980
Description a taxonomy for parallel processing systems is presented which has some advantages over previous taxonomies. The taxonomy characterizes parallel processing systems using four parameters: topology, communication, granularity, and operation. These parameters and used repetitively in a hierarchical fashion to produce a taxonomic structure which is extensible to the level of detail desired. Topology describes the structure of the priniciple interconnections. Communication describes the flow of data and programs through the system. Granularity describes the size of the largest repeated element, or grain. Operation describes the important functional properties of each grain, especially the ratio of storage to logic circuitry. Granularity and topology are structural parameters, while operation and communication are functional parameters which describe the behavior of the system components. A final section of this paper includes examples of the application of the taxonomy to several parallel processing systems.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
First Page 1
Last Page 48
Subject Parallel systems
Subject LCSH Parallel processing (Electronic computers)
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Davis, A. L., Denny, W. M., & Sutherland, I. (1980). A characterization of parallel systems. 1-48. UUCS-80-108.
Series University of Utah Computer Science Technical Report
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