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A FLOATING-POINT COMPUTER MODULE FOR ARRAY PROCESSING ON A FLEX/32 MULTICOMPUTER

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
1714
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1714
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Flexible Computer Corp.
1801 Royal Lane Suite 810 Dallas, TX 75229
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: A FLOATING-POINT COMPUTER MODULE FOR ARRAY PROCESSING ON A FLEX/32 MULTICOMPUTER
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE FLEX/32 MULTICOMPUTING ENVIRONMENT IS A GENERAL-PURPOSE, DIGITAL MULTI-PROCESSOR SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS VIRTUALLY ANY NUMBER OF HIGH PERFORMANCE, HETEROGENEOUS, 32-BIT COMPUTER MODULES TO COMPUTE TOGETHER ON ONE OR MORE TASKS. THIS PROJECT ADDRESSES THE FEASIBILITY OF ADDING A NEW COMPUTER MODULE TO THE FLEX/32 STANDARD SET: THE PIPELINED FLOATING POINT COMPUTER MODULE (FPCM). THIS MODULE WOULD OPERATE IN THE FOUR TO SIX MEGAFLOPS (MILLION FLOATING POINT OPERATIONS PER SECOND) RANGE. IT WOULD BE FULLY INTEGRABLE INTO ANY FLEX/32 CONFIGURATION, BE IT ALL FPCMS OR MIXED AS NEEDED WITH ALREADY EXISTING COMPUTER MODULE TYPES. FPCM SOFTWARE WOULD EXECUTE UNDER UNIX SYSTEM V, USED BY OTHER FLEX/32 MODULES. A FLEX/32 CABINET COULD CONTAIN UP TO TWENTY FPCM PROCESSORS, GIVING SINGLE CABINET POWER IN THE 80 TO 120 MEGAFLOPS RANGE. SINCE THERE IS NO INHERENT ARCHITECTURAL LIMITATION TO THE NUMBER OF CABINETS THAT CAN BE DIRECTLY COUPLED TOGETHER, THERE IS NO THEORETICAL LIMIT TO THE SIZE AND PROCESSING POWER THAT SUCH A MACHINE CAN ATTAIN. A FIVE CABINET FLEX/32 COULD OFFER PERFORMANCE IN THE 500 MEGAFLOPS RANGE, FOR EXAMPLE, DEPENDING ON USE OF SUITABLE ALGORITHMS. THE AVAILABILITY OF AN FPCM WOULD TURN THE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE FLEX/32 MULTICOMPUTER INTO A LOWER COST ARRAY-PROCESSING SUPER-COMPUTER REPLACEMENT.

Principal Investigator:

Nicholas Matelan
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Flexible Computer Corp.
1801 Royal Lane Suite 810 Dallas, TX 75229

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No