The Physics of the Parallel Machines

  • Tony F. Chan
Conference paper


I argue that architectures for massively parallel computers must be designed to go beyond supporting a particular class of algorithms to supporting the underlying physical processes being modelled. I shall discuss specifically physical processes modelled by partial differential equations (PDEs) and argue that an efficient architecture must go beyond nearest neighbor mesh interconnections and support global and hierarchical communications.


Parallel Machine Global Information Time Dependent Problem Global Algorithm Global Coupling 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony F. Chan
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  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesUSA

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