The Illiac IV

The First Supercomputer

  • R. Michael Hord

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 329-350

About this book


The Illiac IV was the first large scale array computer. As the fore­ runner of today's advanced computers, it brought whole classes of scientific computations into the realm of practicality. Conceived initially as a grand experiment in computer science, the revolutionary architecture incorporated both a high level of parallelism and pipe­ lining. After a difficult gestation, the Illiac IV became operational in November 1975. It has for a decade been a substantial driving force behind the develooment of computer technology. Today the Illiac IV continues to service large-scale scientific aoolication areas includ­ ing computational fluid dynamics, seismic stress wave propagation model­ ing, climate simulation, digital image processing, astrophysics, numerical analysis, spectroscopy and other diverse areas. This volume brings together previously published material, adapted in an effort to provide the reader with a perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the Illiac IV and the impact this unique computa­ tional resource has had on the development of technology. The history and current status of the Illiac system, the design and architecture of the hardware, the programming languages, and a considerable sampling of applications are all covered at some length. A final section is devoted to commentary.


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Authors and affiliations

  • R. Michael Hord
    • 1
  1. 1.General Research Corp.McLeanUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-11765-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-10345-6
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