Accession Number:

AD0762513

Title:

PMSL, An Interactive Language for System-Level Description and Analysis of Computer Structures.

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author:

CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1973-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

263.0

Abstract:

PMSL is a conversational facility for the creation, modification, storage, retrieval, and analysis of descriptions of computer hardware at the top system level, where one works with processors, memories, controllers, channels, and peripherals. PMSL is intended as an intelligent sketchpad for computer engineers and systems analysts. Despite the abundance of notations and implemented languages for the logic and register-transfer levels of hardware description, PMSL is the first system designed expressly for the top system level. The language is based on the PMS Processors, Memories, Switches notation. The thesis includes detailed syntatic and semantic descriptions of PMSL, a users manual for the analysis functions, explanations of the less conventional algorithms and implementation details, and an extensive discussion of future research and development possibilities. Two demonstrations of actual PDP-10 terminal sessions are given, one introductory, the other a practical test of PMSLs ability to absorb the description of an actual large system. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE