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Firefly: A Multiprocessor Workstation
August 1988 (vol. 37 no. 8)
pp. 909-920
The Firefly shared-memory multiprocessor workstation system consists of from one to nine VLSI VAX processors, each with a floating-point accelerator and a cache. The caches are coherent, so that all processors see a consistent view of main memory. The Firefly runs a software system (Topaz) that emulates the Ultrix system call interface, and in addition provides support for multiprocessing throu

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Index Terms:
threads; Firefly shared-memory multiprocessor workstation; VLSI VAX processors; floating-point accelerator; cache; Topaz; Ultrix system call interface; multiprocessing; multiple threads of control; single address space; remote procedure call; buffer storage; multiprocessing systems; performance evaluation; workstations.
Citation:
C.P. Thacker, L.C. Stewart, E.H. Satterthwaite, Jr., "Firefly: A Multiprocessor Workstation," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 37, no. 8, pp. 909-920, Aug. 1988, doi:10.1109/12.2243
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