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.




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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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