Issue No. 03 - March (1974 vol. 7)
Ragnar N. Nilsen , Hughes Aircraft Company
Recent advances in solid-state technology coupled with marked decreases in the cost of hardware have provided the impetus to reexamine computer architectures. The von Neuman computer and other early stored-program computers were constrained to single data-stream/single-instruction-stream sequential organization primarily because of economic considerations (flip flops were of the order of $100 each). Today, however, with flip flops priced under $0.25 each, hardware costs are rapidly approaching the point where both horizontally distributed (array structures) and vertically distributed (hierarchical structures) information processing architectures are not only feasible, but economically practical.
R. N. Nilsen, "Distributed-function computer architectures," in Computer, vol. 7, no. , pp. 15-16, 1974.