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The authors examine the suitability of message-passing computers for parallel implementations of production systems. Two mappings for production systems on these computers, one targeted toward fine-grained message-passing machines and the other targeted toward medium-grained machines, are presented. Simulation results for the medium-grained mapping are presented, and it is shown that it is possible to exploit the available parallelism and to obtain reasonable speedups. The authors perform a detailed analysis of the results and suggest solutions for some of the problems.
Index Termsproduction systems; message-passing computers; fine-grained message-passingmachines; medium-grained machines; parallelism; knowledge based systems; parallelprogramming

A. Gupta, A. Acharya and M. Tambe, "Implementation of Production Systems on Message-Passing Computers," in IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, vol. 3, no. , pp. 477-487, 1992.
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