Infoscience

Conference paper

The video-RAM multiprocessor architecture

Loosely coupled multiprocessor systems communicate by message passing. Traditional implementations of message passing architectures are based on communication controllers accessing local memory through DMA channels. The authors describe a completely new communication mechanism based on the transfer of messages through dual-port memories. The proposed architecture takes advantage of the dual-port nature of dynamic video-RAM ICs in order to ensure efficient and deadlock-free message transfer between communicating processes

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