A STUDY OF ITERATIVE CIRCUIT COMPUTERS.
Final technical documentary rept., Oct 61-Dec 63.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS LAB UNIV OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR
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The main objective of this research was to investigate the problems and possibilities generated by the idea of a computer built as an iterative array of elementary self-contained processors. Since the problem was a new one, a large number of areas of study were available, and the following were treated in detail Programming aspects a Decomposition of a program in order to obtain maximum concurrency. b A translation algorithm to facilitate programming. c Algorithms for path-building. 2 Proposed organizations a A multilayer computer. b An iterative circuit computer with ndimensional geometry. 3 Statistical evaluation of accessibility of different geometrical structures. 4 Reliability problems and new possibilities. 5 A theoretical model, linking the iterative circuit computer structure to that of an n-head automation. Due to the variety of topics covered, each section has been provided with its own introduction, leading the reader to the problem and proving the necessary relationship with previous work. In this way, each section provides a comprehensive treatment of the title subject in a self-contained form, allowing for independent reading. Author