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May/June 2002 (vol. 22 no. 3)
pp. 8-9

Progress in hardware integration technology for full- and semicustom implementations enables cost-efficient, innovative computing architectures that could provide alternatives or add-ons to the current von Neumann architecture. Radical, alternative architectures not in compliance with this classical imperative approach--for example, those that support functional programming--have not succeeded in replacing the von Neumann architecture. But several basic approaches--especially an inherent exploitation of the parallelizibility of certain problems--continue to imply modifications of the imperative style. Although unorthodox, these architectures nevertheless constitute well-fitting add-ons to a basic von Neumann architecture. Such approaches include

  • massively parallel processing,
  • instruction-level parallelism,
  • dataflow machines,
  • associative architectures,
  • neural networks, and
  • biologically inspired architectures.

Citation:
Karl E. Grosspietsch, "Guest Editor's Introduction: Unorthodox Computer Architectures," IEEE Micro, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 8-9, May-June 2002, doi:10.1109/MM.2002.1013299
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