Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  3. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  4. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
    Pages 55-124
  5. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  6. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  7. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  8. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  9. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  10. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  11. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  12. Arthur Trew, Greg Wilson
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 357-392

About this book


Past, Present, Parallel is a survey of the current state of the parallel processing industry. In the early 1980s, parallel computers were generally regarded as academic curiosities whose natural environment was the research laboratory. Today, parallelism is being used by every major computer manufacturer, although in very different ways, to produce increasingly powerful and cost-effec- tive machines. The first chapter introduces the basic concepts of parallel computing; the subsequent chapters cover different forms of parallelism, including descriptions of vector supercomputers, SIMD computers, shared memory multiprocessors, hypercubes, and transputer-based machines. Each section concentrates on a different manufacturer, detailing its history and company profile, the machines it currently produces, the software environments it supports, the market segment it is targetting, and its future plans. Supplementary chapters describe some of the companies which have been unsuccessful, and discuss a number of the common software systems which have been developed to make parallel computers more usable. The appendices describe the technologies which underpin parallelism. Past, Present, Parallel is an invaluable reference work, providing up-to-date material for commercial computer users and manufacturers, and for researchers and postgraduate students with an interest in parallel computing.


Computer manufacturers Parallel computers Parallelverarbeitung Rechnerarchitektur Segment Transputer computer architecture operating system parallel computing parallel processing processor programming programming language supercomputer

Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur Trew
    • 1
  • Greg Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Edinburgh Parallel Computing CentreUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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