Surviving UK Transputer systems...

From: Joe R. <>
Date: Thu Nov 4 08:10:54 2004

At 08:17 AM 11/4/04 -0500, Ram wrote:
>A transputer is just like any other processor with memory, etc, etc. Except
>that it has two unique attributes:
>1) Has communication links so that you can hook it up to other transputer
>nodes (or other peripherals). This allowed you to create a multiprocessor
>system with several nodes (seen transputer networks of 1024 nodes at one
>time). It was like LEGO for parallel processing. The technology that was
>designed for the transputer is now slowing creaping into modern processors.
>Not bad for a mid 80's processor....
>2) Has micro-coded scheduler which allows you to create multi-processes
>inside a single CPU. It supported two priorities in high and low. You
>could do parallel processing in assembly with this baby! This is all
>embedded inside the CPU core. Designed around the mid 80's and had an EOL
>(End-of-life) around the late 90's. Quite a remarkable CPU and it was quite
>fast too compared to the 386 of that era. See my website at
> for more info/links...

   I looked at the data sheets on your website so that I would know that
the parts and part numbers looked like. Does anyone other that INMOS and
Thompson make these? I find lots of parallel computing equipment so there
should be some transputer stuff in there too. I have found a lot of high
speed parallel stuff with INMOS parts but I think it's older (early 80s)
than the transputers. But the transputer stuff should show up one day.

Received on Thu Nov 04 2004 - 08:10:54 GMT

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