Accession Number:

ADA199987

Title:

A Survey of Parallel Computing

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. Jun 1987-Feb 1988

Corporate Author:

AMHERST SYSTEMS INC BUFFALO NY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

195.0

Abstract:

This report summarizes the research accomplished under a Small Business Innovation Research SBIR Phase I contract F30602-87-C-0082. Until recently, software engineering technology has focused on the use of conventional von Neumann computer architectures. Current computer systems feature continually increasing computational resource requirements which have become unfeasible or unrealizable using conventional von Neumann techniques. Non-von Neumann architectures featuring multiple processing elements offer solutions that achieve the application requirement. However, software engineering technology remains oriented towards von Neumann methodologies. This, coupled with the applications specific nature of non-von Neumann architectures, has resulted in a fragmented software engineering environment. This effort provided a very thorough view of many of the software engineering problems that are currently associated with the utilization of non-von Neumann computers. The results of this study support current and future applications programs by providing sound rules to architecture selection and system and software life cycle definition.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE