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Parallel Processing Creates a LowCost Growth Path

Parallel Processing Creates a LowCost Growth Path A parallelprocessor computer contains multiple CPUs that share such system resources as memory and disk storage. A parallelprocessor computer is expanded not by adding another computer, but by plugging another CPU into the computer. This technology offers expandability, compact size, high performance, high reliability, and moderate cost. The Sequent Balance ParallelProcessor Computer is described in some detail. A fully configured Balance 21000 can execute 21 MIPS million instructions per second. It implements the UNIX operating system, which has been widely adopted. As a result, many software packages for word processing and other applications are available from thirdparty vendors. Performance tests conducted by CLSI, Inc. indicate that twenty concurrent users on a parallelprocessor system can perform CPUintense functions up to seven times faster than on a singleprocessor system. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

Parallel Processing Creates a LowCost Growth Path

Library Hi Tech , Volume 5 (2): 7 – Feb 1, 1987

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/eb047686
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Abstract

A parallelprocessor computer contains multiple CPUs that share such system resources as memory and disk storage. A parallelprocessor computer is expanded not by adding another computer, but by plugging another CPU into the computer. This technology offers expandability, compact size, high performance, high reliability, and moderate cost. The Sequent Balance ParallelProcessor Computer is described in some detail. A fully configured Balance 21000 can execute 21 MIPS million instructions per second. It implements the UNIX operating system, which has been widely adopted. As a result, many software packages for word processing and other applications are available from thirdparty vendors. Performance tests conducted by CLSI, Inc. indicate that twenty concurrent users on a parallelprocessor system can perform CPUintense functions up to seven times faster than on a singleprocessor system.

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Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1987

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