The Cray X-MP/Model 24 [electronic resource] : A Case Study in Pipelined Architecture and Vector Processing / by Kay A. Robbins, Steven Robbins.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science: 374Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York, 1989Description: VIII, 172 p. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780387347875Subject(s): Computer science | Operating systems (Computers) | Computer Science | Processor Architectures | Programming Languages, Compilers, Interpreters | Operating Systems | Arithmetic and Logic StructuresAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 004.1 LOC classification: TK7895.M5Online resources: Click here to access online
Overview of the Cray X-MP/Model 24 -- The control section -- The scalar section -- The address section -- Vectors and vector operations -- Memory access -- Interprocessor communication and multitasking.
This book examines the issues relevant to the design of vector and pipelined computer systems using the Cray X-MP/24. The purpose of the book is to help the readers arrive at a deep understanding of how vector processing systems really work. These insights will be useful to the scientist who would like to obtain maximum performance from a vector machine, to the computer science student, and to the compiler writer. The book can also be used to supplement a regular textbook in a graduate or senior level course in computer architecture. The book looks at the overall design of the Cray X-MP and then explores the operation of the machine by looking at detailed timings of various instructions and code segments. It examines such issues as instruction issues and buffering, handling of jump instructions, use of registers to hold intermediate results, memory conflicts resulting from vectorization, optimal vectorization of multiple statement loops, and synchronization problems with multi-tasking. Detailed Gantt charts are provided to guide the reader through the timing issues.