Issue No. 04 - April (1984 vol. 33)
N.H. Christ , Department of Physics, Columbia University
A parallel processor specially designed for an important problem in theoretical physics is described. The final device will contain 256 nodes running in lock-step in a SIMD mode with a computational power of 4 billion 22-bit floating point operations per second. Each node is controlled by an Intel 80286/287 microprocessor, contains 160K bits of memory and has a pipelined, microprogrammable arithmetic unit which performs floating point multiplications and additions. The nodes are interconnected in a two-dimensional rectangular grid so that vectorized arithmetic can be performed using data stored on any two adjacent nodes.
vector processing, Distributed processing, microcomputers, parallel computation, specialized computers
N. Christ and A. Terrano, "A Very Fast Parallel Processor," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 33, no. , pp. 344-350, 1984.