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PARALLEL PROCESSING WITH CLUSTERED WORKSTATIONS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
27421
Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
27421
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Architecture Technology Corporation
9977 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: PARALLEL PROCESSING WITH CLUSTERED WORKSTATIONS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $297,748.00
 

Abstract:

NOWADAYS, MOST ORGANIZATIONS USE WORKSTATIONS THAT ARE ATTACHED TO A NETWORK TO CONDUCT THEIR DAILY OPERATIONS. THE USE OF A CLUSTER OF THESE WORKSTATIONS AS A PARALLEL PROCESSING SYSTEM CAN PROVIDE A VERY POWERFUL COMPUTATIONAL CAPABILITY AT A VERY LOW COST. HOWEVER, THE MAJOR IMPEDIMENT TO THE USE OF EXISTING TECHNIQUES FOR CLUSTERING WORKSTATIONS INTO A PARALLEL PROCESSOR IS THE EXCESSIVE PERFORMANCE OVERHEAD INCURRED BY THESE TECHNIQUES. EXISTING TECHNIQUES DELIVER ONLY A SMALL FRACTION OF THE POTENTIAL COMPUTATIONAL POWER OF A CLUSTER OF WORKSTATIONS. RESEARCHERS ARE ADDRESSING A NEW APPROACH FOR CLUSTERING WORKSTATIONS CALLED THE NETWORK SHARED MEMORY APPROACH THAT IS ATTRACTIVE BECAUSE OF THREE REASONS: (1) IT IS CAPABLE OF DELIVERING PERFORMANCE THAT IS AT LEAST AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE BETTER THAN THAT ATTAINABLE USING EXISTING TECHNIQUES FOR CLUSTERING WORKSTATIONS; (2) IT GREATLY SIMPLIFIES THE PROGRAMMING TASK BY PROVIDING A SHARED MEMORY ABSTRACTION TO THE PROGRAMMER; AND (3) THE COST OF ATTAINING THIS PERFORMANCE AND PROGRAMMABILITY IS SEVERAL TIMES LOWER THAN THAT OF COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE SHARED MEMORY PARALLEL PROCESSORS OF COMPARABLE COMPUTING POWER.

Principal Investigator:

Ranga S Ramanujan
6129352035

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Architecture Technology Corp.
Po Box 24344 Minneapolis, MN 55424

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