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The MIT Alewife Machine: Architecture and Performance

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The MIT Alewife Machine: Architecture and Performance
Alewife is a multiprocessor architecture that supports up to 512 processing nodes connected over a scalable and cost-effective mesh network at a constant cost per node. The MIT Alewife machine, a prototype implementation of the architecture, demonstrates that a parallel system can be both scalable and programmable. Four mechanisms combine to achieve these goals: software-extended coherent shared memory provides a global, linear address space; integrated message passing allows compiler and operating system designers to provide efficient communication and synchronization; support for fine-grain computationallows many processorsto cooperateon small problem sizes; and latency tolerance mechanisms
Anant Agarwal, Ricardo Bianchini, David Chaiken, K
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Type Conference
Year 1998
Where ISCA
Authors Anant Agarwal, Ricardo Bianchini, David Chaiken, Kirk L. Johnson, David A. Kranz
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