Pipelined Vector Processing and Scientific Computation

author: John G. Zabolitzky, Computermuseum Munchen
published: April 5, 2007,   recorded: April 2007,   views: 6977


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For almost two decades (1976-1993) technical-scientific high-performance computing has been dominated by vector processing, pioneered by Seymour Cray and his Cray Research Incorporated. This technology is explained in detail, and the significant cost-performance advantages are outlined. While parallel processing is more en-vogue today, and in fact is dominating scientific computation since 1993, a comeback of vector processing may be on the horizon due to the IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell processor being a parallel vector processor, and being the highest-performance single chip available today.

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