Supercomputer Highly Parallel System

SHIPS - 6253

Keywords multiscalar computers, parallel architectures, supercomputers

Start Date: 01 June 1992 / Duration: 36 months / Status: ongoing

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development of a prototype of the most powerful multiprocessor node compatible with existing systems in the chosen application domain

Objectives and Approach

The multiprocessor node will appear to the user as if it were a monoprocessor. It will have a clock speed of a few nanoseconds, and be optimised to have a very high sustained/peak performance ratio.

In parallel with this work, the design and simulation of a multinode system along with the corresponding software extensions is being undertaken.

The architecture is proprietary and will support decoupled operations, hardware-assisted loop pipelining and a very large hierarchical memory. Highly optimised compilers will be developed to support these features as well as automatic parallelism (auto-tasking). The operating system (to be developed within the project) is based on a micro-kernel UNIX standard.

Performance demonstrations are planned at a number of advanced European test sites.


Tor Bloch
1 blvd Marius Vivier-Merle
F-69443 Lyon Cedex 03
tel: +33 72 35 84 00
fax: +33 72 35 84 10


Acset [B]
Forth Research Centre [GR]
Sekas GmbH [D]
Associate Partners
Phoenix VLSI Consultants Ltd [UK]
Universidad de Barcelona [E]
University of Edinburgh [UK]
University of Manchester [UK]

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SHIPS - 6253, December 1993

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