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A communication infrastructure for a million processor machine

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A communication infrastructure for a million processor machine
: The SpiNNaker machine is a massively parallel computing system, consisting of 1,000,000 cores. From one perspective, it has a place in Flynns' taxonomy: it is a straightforward MIMD machine. However, there is no interconnecting bus structure, and there is no attempt to maintain coherency between any of the memory banks. Inter-core communication is implemented by means of chip-to-chip packet transfer. Unlike conventional parallel machines, where packet-based communication is supported by a software layer, in SpiNNaker, the packet communication fabric is built in at the hardware level, and is the only mechanism whereby an arbitrary pair of cores can communicate. There is no unifying synchronisation system, and the packet delivery infrastructure is non-deterministic. In a number of application arenas - most notably neural simulation - this architecture is remarkably powerful, and supports techniques that can only be clumsily realised in conventional machines. In order to realise th...
Andrew D. Brown, Steve Furber, Jeff S. Reeve, Pete
Added 02 Sep 2010
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where CF
Authors Andrew D. Brown, Steve Furber, Jeff S. Reeve, Peter R. Wilson, Mark Zwolinski, John E. Chad, Luis A. Plana, David R. Lester
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