Multithreaded Computer Architecture: A Summary of the State of the ART

  • Robert A. Iannucci
  • Guang R. Gao
  • Robert H. HalsteadJr.
  • Burton Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Background and Issues

  3. Key Elements

    1. David Kranz, Beng-Hong Lim, Anant Agarwal, Donald Yeung
      Pages 139-166
    2. Peter R. Nuth, William J. Dally
      Pages 201-212
  4. Systems

    1. Gail Alverson, Bob Alverson, David Callahan, Brian Koblenz, Allan Porterfield, Burton Smith
      Pages 253-283
    2. Kattamuri Ekanadham, Steve Gregor, Kei Hiraki, Robert A. Iannucci, Ragunathan Rajkumar
      Pages 285-316
    3. Herbert H. J. Hum, Guang R. Gao
      Pages 317-350
  5. Analysis

    1. David Culler, Michial Gunter, James Lee
      Pages 351-371
    2. Walid A. Najjar, A. P. Wim Böhm, W. Marcus Miller
      Pages 373-387
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 389-400

About this book


Multithreaded computer architecture has emerged as one of the most promising and exciting avenues for the exploitation of parallelism. This new field represents the confluence of several independent research directions which have united over a common set of issues and techniques. Multithreading draws on recent advances in dataflow, RISC, compiling for fine-grained parallel execution, and dynamic resource management. It offers the hope of dramatic performance increases through parallel execution for a broad spectrum of significant applications based on extensions to `traditional' approaches.
Multithreaded Computer Architecture is divided into four parts, reflecting four major perspectives on the topic. Part I provides the reader with basic background information, definitions, and surveys of work which have in one way or another been pivotal in defining and shaping multithreading as an architectural discipline. Part II examines key elements of multithreading, highlighting the fundamental nature of latency and synchronization. This section presents clever techniques for hiding latency and supporting large synchronization name spaces. Part III looks at three major multithreaded systems, considering issues of machine organization and compilation strategy. Part IV concludes the volume with an analysis of multithreaded architectures, showcasing methodologies and actual measurements.
Multithreaded Computer Architecture: A Summary of the State of the Art is an excellent reference source and may be used as a text for advanced courses on the subject.


Performance Text management multithreading organization processor programming

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert A. Iannucci
    • 1
  • Guang R. Gao
    • 2
  • Robert H. HalsteadJr.
    • 3
  • Burton Smith
    • 4
  1. 1.Exa CorporationCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Digital Equipment CorporationCambridgeUSA
  4. 4.Tera Computer CompanySeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6161-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-2698-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
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