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A Taxonomy for Computer Architectures
November 1988 (vol. 21 no. 11)
pp. 46-57

A taxonomy is presented that extends M.J. Flynn's (IEEE Trans.Comput., vol. C-21, no.9, p.948-60, Sept. 1972), especially in the multiprocessor category. It is a two-level hierarchy in which the upper level classifies architectures based on the number of processors for data and for instructions and the interconnections between them. A lower level can be used to distinguish variants even more precisely; it is based on a state-machine view of processors. The author suggests why taxonomies are useful in studying architecture and shows how this applies to a number of modern architectures.

Citation:
David B. Skillicorn, "A Taxonomy for Computer Architectures," Computer, vol. 21, no. 11, pp. 46-57, Nov. 1988, doi:10.1109/2.86786
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