Issue No. 10 - October (1979 vol. 28)
S.I. Kartashev , Dynamic Computer Architecture, Inc.
This paper considers the organization of certain multicomputer systems with a particular type of dynamic architecture. The system allows one to reconfigure via software available hardware resources (widths of processors, memories, and I/O units), forming computers with different word sizes. A multicomputer system is formed from identical dynamic computer groups. Each group may assume a variety of architectural states which are distinct from each other by the number and sizes of concurrent computers. To construct one dynamic computer group, one uses a universal building module, an 8-bit microprocessor on an LSI chip, and standard memory units. This paper considers basic principles of dynamic computer group implementation: organization of parallel (for words) and serial (for instructions) exchange between primary memory and processor, automatic variation of the time intervals assigned for operations which are executed in differently sized computers, formation of the processor with variable word size, switching from one architectural state to another, scheduling of the memory, and task synchronization.
universal module, Dynamic architecture, dynamic computer group, memory allocation, modular control, multicomputer
S. Kartashev and S. Kartashev, "A Multicomputer System with Dynamic Architecture," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 28, no. , pp. 704-721, 1979.