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Experience with multi-transputer Ada

Experience with multi-transputer Ada
Experience with multi-transputer Ada
The transputer is one of the most cost‐effective multicomputer components to buy, but still one of the hardest to program. Even if the parts of a program that are destined for individual transputers are programmed in a familiar high‐level language (Ada or Fortran or C), users are forced to be aware of occam when connecting transputers together with harnesses. Moreover, the design of parallel and distributed algorithms is in itself a challenging field. This paper describes experience with using the Alsys Ada compiler on single and multiple transputer configurations, and considers whether Ada makes it any easier to gain access to the power of multi‐transputers. Early performance figures indicate that Ada running on transputer arrays compares favourably with the speed of other languages. An assessment of the impact of the proposed Ada 9X support for distribution is made.
1532-0626
133-151
Bishop, Judy M.
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Thomas, Ken S.
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Bishop, Judy M.
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Thomas, Ken S.
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Bishop, Judy M. and Thomas, Ken S. (1993) Experience with multi-transputer Ada. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 5 (2), 133-151. (doi:10.1002/cpe.4330050204).

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The transputer is one of the most cost‐effective multicomputer components to buy, but still one of the hardest to program. Even if the parts of a program that are destined for individual transputers are programmed in a familiar high‐level language (Ada or Fortran or C), users are forced to be aware of occam when connecting transputers together with harnesses. Moreover, the design of parallel and distributed algorithms is in itself a challenging field. This paper describes experience with using the Alsys Ada compiler on single and multiple transputer configurations, and considers whether Ada makes it any easier to gain access to the power of multi‐transputers. Early performance figures indicate that Ada running on transputer arrays compares favourably with the speed of other languages. An assessment of the impact of the proposed Ada 9X support for distribution is made.

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Published date: April 1993
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems

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Local EPrints ID: 251439
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/251439
ISSN: 1532-0626
PURE UUID: 4e064378-68dc-45d5-b6d6-c409dd28cc88

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Date deposited: 03 Nov 1999
Last modified: 14 Dec 2018 17:31

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Author: Judy M. Bishop
Author: Ken S. Thomas

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