Context flow: An alternative to conventional pipelined architectures

Nigel Topham, Amos Omondi, RolandN. Ibbett

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In an earlier paper [Topham, Omondi, and Ibbet 1988] we reviewed conventional approaches to the design of conventional pipelined architectures and concluded that the underlying limitations of these techniques necessitate radical alternatives. This paper discusses one such alternative,micromultiprogramming, and examines several implementation proposals based on this approach. The weaknesses of these proposals are highlighted, and it is argued that they can be eliminated within the unifying theory of context flow architectures. Implementations of uniprocessor and multiprocessor context flow architectures are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-53
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Supercomputing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1988


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