Transputer documentation required

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Fri Jul 17 11:14:45 1998

On Fri, 17 Jul 1998, Doug Yowza wrote:

> So, in theory, a 5-cube with 32 processors could run up to 32 times faster
> than a single-CPU computer. In practice, communication overhead between
> the nodes can kill performance, and it's not always easy to (re)structure
> a problem to take advantage of the parallelism.

Communication channel limitations aside, isn't the computational increase
supposed to be exponential, rather than simply geometrical (or is that

> I never worked directly with transputers, but I think the topology was
> pretty similar, and the operating environment was based on something
> called Occam. Somebody else with Occam experience should chime in
> here, but it was basically a language and underlying multiprocess OS that
> allowed programs to automatically scale to as many processors as were
> present.

Are you listening Rax?

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