Report Number: CS-TR-90-1344
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: ParaDiGM: a highly scalable shared-memory multi-computer
Author: Cheriton, David R.
Author: Goosen, Hendrik A.
Author: Boyle, Patrick D.
Date: November 1990
Abstract: ParaDiGM is a highly scalable shared-memory multi-computer
architecture. It is being developed to demonstrate the
feasibility of building a relatively low-cost shared-memory
parallel computer that scales to large configurations, and
yet provides sequential programs with performance comparable
to a high-end microprocessor. A key problem is building a
scalable memory hierarchy. In this paper we describe the
ParaDiGm architecture, highlighting the innovations of our
approach and presenting results of our evaluation of the
design. We envision that scalable shared-memory
multiprocessors like ParaDiGM will soon become the dominant
form of parallel processing, even for very large-scale
computation, providing a uniform platform for parallel
programming systems and applications.