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PC-CUBE, a personal computer based hypercube

Ho, Alex and Fox, Geoffrey and Walker, David and Snyder, Scott and Chang, Douglas and Chen, Stanley and Breaden, Matt and Cole, Terry (1988) PC-CUBE, a personal computer based hypercube. In: C3P Proceedings of the third conference on Hypercube concurrent computers and applications: Architecture, software, computer systems, and general issues. Vol.1. ACM , New York, NY, pp. 92-97. ISBN 0-89791-278-0. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20161103-133504624

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Abstract

PC-CUBE is an ensemble of IBM PCs or close compatibles connected in the hypercube topology with ordinary computer cables. Communication occurs at the rate of 115.2 K-baud via the RS-232 serial links. Available for PC-CUBE is the Crystalline Operating System III (CrOS III), Mercury Operating System, CUBIX and PLOTIX which are parallel I/O and graphics libraries. A CrOS performance monitor was developed to facilitate the measurement of communication and computation time of a program and their effects on performance. Also available are CXLISP, a parallel version of the XLISP interpreter; GRAFIX, some graphics routines for the EGA and CGA; and a general execution profiler for determining execution time spent by program subroutines. PC-CUBE provides a programming environment similar to all hypercube systems running CrOS III, Mercury and Cubix. In addition, every node (personal computer) has its own graphics display monitor and storage devices. These allow data to be displayed or stored at every processor, which has much instructional value and enables easier debugging of applications. Some application programs which are taken from the book Solving Problems on Concurrent Processors [Fox 88] were implemented with graphics enhancement on PC-CUBE. The applications range from solving the Mandelbrot set, Laplace equation, wave equation, long range force interaction, to Wa-Tor, an ecological simulation.


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Official Citation:A. Ho, G. C. Fox, D. W. Walker, S. Snyder, D. Chang, S. Chen, M. Breaden, and T. Cole. 1988. PC-CUBE, a personal computer based hypercube. In Proceedings of the third conference on Hypercube concurrent computers and applications: Architecture, software, computer systems, and general issues - Volume 1 (C3P), Geoffrey Fox (Ed.), Vol. 1. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 92-97. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/62297.62309
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