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The considerations that shaped the architecture of the IBM System/370 Vector Facility are reviewed. The architectural requirements, decisions, and innovations are summarized, and the rationale for the choices that were made is given. Issues related to vector function, performance, compatibility, migration, and integration with the rest of the System/370 architecture are covered.
IBM System/370 vector architecture; IBM System/370 Vector Facility; architectural requirements; vector function; performance; compatibility; migration; integration; IBM computers; parallel architectures; parallel machines.

B. Moore, A. Padegs, W. Buchholz and R. Smith, "The IBM System/370 Vector Architecture: Design Considerations," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 37, no. , pp. 509-520, 1988.
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