Message-passing Multiprocessors

R. N. Ibbett, N. P. Topham

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Abstract

The connection of a number of parallel processors by means of a common shared store suffers from two fundamental problems. Firstly there is the difficulty of providing adequate memory bandwidth to support large numbers of processors, all of which in principle could be contending for the same memory module. Secondly, where processors attempt to coordinate their activities through synchronisation variables held in common memory, the inefficiencies due to processors idling in a tight loop, and the saturation of vulnerable links in the processor-memory network can lead to poor performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture of High Performance Computers Volume II
Subtitle of host publicationArray processors and multiprocessor systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages141-167
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4899-6701-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4899-6703-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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