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Author Oertli, Erwin ♦ Eberle, Hans
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Crossbar Switch ♦ Serial Link ♦ Scalable Interconnect ♦ Audio Data ♦ Hardware Support ♦ Store Operation ♦ Time-dependent Data ♦ Standard Data Type ♦ Typical Example ♦ Processor Memory Module ♦ Communication Model ♦ Uniform Manner ♦ Workstation Cluster Interconnect ♦ Cluster Memory ♦ Message Passing ♦ Single Address Space
Description We introduce a scalable interconnect for workstations which uses crossbar switches and serial links. Connected to the interconnect are nodes such as I/O devices and processor/memory modules. Communication is based on load and store operations rather than on message passing, that is, all cluster memories reside in a single address space, and all locations are accessed in a uniform manner. This paper discusses the organization of the hardware that realizes the interconnect, the communication model, and the procedure to initialize the interconnect. Keywords: I/O interconnect, workstation cluster interconnect, hardware support for multimedia 1 Introduction An increasing number of applications for today's workstations process time-dependent data, that is, video and audio. Voice-mail, video-conferencing, and video-on-demand are typical examples of such applications. Eventually, processors will treat video and audio data as standard data types, since they will be sufficiently powerful to p...
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1995-01-01
Publisher Institution Proceedings of the 21st Euromicro 95 Conference