Patent Number: 6,167,501

Title: Methods and apparatus for manarray PE-PE switch control

Abstract: Processing element to processing element switch connection control is described using a receive model that precludes communication hazards from occurring in a synchronous MIMD mode of operation. Such control allows different communication topologies and various processing effects such as an array transpose, hypercomplement or the like to be efficiently achieved utilizing architectures, such as the manifold array processing architecture. An encoded instruction method reduces the amount of state information and setup burden on the programmer taking advantage of the recognition that the majority of algorithms will use only a small fraction of all possible mux settings available. Thus, by means of transforming the PE identification based upon a communication path specified by a PE communication instruction an efficient switch control mechanism can be used. This control mechanism allows PE register broadcast operations as well as the standard mesh and hypercube communication paths over the same interconnection network. PE to PE communication instructions PEXCHG, SPRECV and SPSEND are also defined and implemented.

Inventors: Barry; Edwin F. (Cary, NC), Pechanek; Gerald G. (Cary, NC), Drabenstott; Thomas L. (Chapel Hill, NC), Wolff; Edward A. (Chapel Hill, NC), Pitsianis; Nikos P. (Chapel Hill, NC), Morris; Grayson (Durham, NC)

Assignee: Billions of Operations Per Second, Inc.

International Classification: H04L 12/56 (20060101); G06F 015/16 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017