Solving Partial Differential Equations on a Network of Transputers

  • E. Verhulst


This paper describes in a first part some numerical experiments using the transputer. A simple equation (two-dimensional Laplace) was chosen as the vehicle for our efforts. This equation was solved using parallelized versions of the classical algorithms: Jacobi, SOR. Two different parallel methods were used for each of the two algorithms, allowing us to draw some more general conclusions regarding such performance-determining parameters as the computation/communication ratio in transputer networks.

We also speculate on the influence of a much faster floating-point unit on the performance of a network for this kind of problems (such a unit is now available in the form of the T800 Transputer).

In a second part an overview is given of an ESPRIT proposal that aims to design and implement a high level user-friendly programming environment for solving PDE on a network of transputers.


Assure Paral Helio 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    . R.W. Hockney and C.R. Jesshope, “Parallel Computers”, Adam Hilger (1981).Google Scholar
  2. The Transputer Reference Manual, INMOS Documentation.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    . Occam 2 Reference Manual, INMOS Ltd., Prentice Hall (1988).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    . M. Homewood, The IMS T800 Transputer,IEEE Micro, October 1987.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    . D. Reed and R. Fujimoto, Multicomputer networks. Message based parallel processing, M.I.T. (1987).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Verhulst
    • 1
  1. 1.Intelligent Systems InternationalKessel-LOBelgium

Personalised recommendations