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Parallel computation

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Elsevier B.V.
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Volume
56
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0010-4655(89)90050-7
Disciplines
  • Communication
  • Computer Science

Abstract

Abstract This paper reviews three different aspects of parallel computation which are useful for physics. The first part deals with special architectures for parallel computing (SIMD and MIMD machines) and their differences, with examples of their uses. The second section discusses the speedup that can be achieved in parallel computation and the constraints generated by the issues of communication and synchrony. The third part describes computation by distributed networks of powerful workstations without global controls and the issues involved in understanding their behavior.

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