Construction and Evaluation of Content Addressable Memories.
Final rept. 1 Jan 79-30 Jun 82,
MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST
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The work on this grant has fallen into four distinct phases. First of all, we constructed a small 320-word Content Addressable Memory CAM from commercially available components. Second, we selected a number of problems intended to span the spectrum of CAM applications and programmed these on our small machine. Third, we analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of our small machine as displayed in the solution of these problems. Finally, we designed, but have not yet constructed, a full-scale CAM that retained the strengths of our small machine and incorporated features intended to overcome its weaknesses. In parallel with the above work, in an attempt to aid in the selection of representative problems for study, we have spent a considerable amount of effort investigating the theoretical capabilities of CAMs. Author
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