LCS Publication Details
Publication Title: THE MIT ALEWIFE MACHINE: A LARGE-SCALE DISTRIBUTED-MEMORY MULTIPROCESSOR
Publication Author: Agarwal, Anant
Additional Authors: Chaiken, David, Johnson, Kirk, Kranz, David, Kubiatowicz, John, Kurihara, Kiyoshi, Lim, Beng-Hong, Maa, Gino, Nussbaum, Dan
LCS Document Number: MIT-LCS-TM-454
Publication Date: 6-1-1991
LCS Group: No Group Specified
Additional URL: No URL Given
Abstract:
The Alewife multiprocessor project focuses on the architecture and design of a large-scale parallel machine. The machine uses a low dimension direct interconnection network to provide scalable communication band-width, while allowing the exploitation of locality. Despite its distributed memory architecture, Alewife allows efficient shared memory programming through a multilayered approach to locality management. A new scalable cache coherence scheme called LimitLess directories allows the use of caches for reducing communication latency and network bandwidth requirements.
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