Small Shared-Memory Multiprocessors

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Science  28 Feb 1986:
Vol. 231, Issue 4741, pp. 963-967
DOI: 10.1126/science.231.4741.963


Multiprocessors built from today's microprocessors are economically attractive. Although we can use these multiprocessors for time-sharing applications, it would be preferable to use them as true parallel processors. One key to achieving efficient parallel processing is to match the communications capabilities of the multiprocessor to the communications needs of the problem. The other key is improved parallel programming systems. If these are achieved, then efficient parallel processing can be approached from both ends by providing more communications capability in the hardware and restructuring the problem to reduce the communications requirements.