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The torus: an exercise in constructing a processing surface

Martin, Alain J. (1982) The torus: an exercise in constructing a processing surface. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA.

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A "Processing Surface" is defined as a large, dense, and regular arrangement of processor and storage modules on a two-dimensional surface, e.g. a VLSI chip. A general method is described for distributing parallel recursive computations over such a surface. Scope rules enforcing the "locality" of variables and procedure parameters are introduced in the programming language. These rules and a particular interconnection of the modules on the surface make it possible to transmit parameter and variable values between modules without using extraneous communication actions. The choice of the Processing Surface topology for binary recursive computations is discussed and a torus-like topology is chosen.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Technical Report)
Additional Information:Proceedings of the Second Caltech Conference on VLSI, January 1981
Group:Computer Science Technical Reports
Record Number:CaltechCSTR:1982.5047-tr-82
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Deposited On:21 May 2008
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