foreword by Gordon Bell and afterword by H.T. Kung Although researchers have proposed many mechanisms and theories for parallel systems, only a few have actually resulted in working computing platforms. The iWarp is an experimental parallel system that was designed and built jointly by Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Corporation. The system is based on the idea of integrating a VLIW processor and a sophisticated fine-grained communication system on a single chip. This book describes the complete iWarp system, from instruction-level parallelism to final parallel applications. The authors present a range of issues that must be considered to get a real system into practice. They also provide a start-to-finish history of the project, including what was done right and what was done wrong, that will be of interest to anyone who studies or builds computer systems.
About the Author
Thomas Gross is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
"There is no doubt that iWarp was an important research effort. This work is significant as an archival record of the innovative research undertaken in the iWarp project. This book will be useful to the designers of hardware and software for parallel computers, project engineers, and project managers in industry, as well as faculty and graduate students in academia."
—Siddhartha Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill