Surviving UK Transputer systems...

From: Joe R. <>
Date: Thu Nov 4 09:39:14 2004

At 09:37 AM 11/4/04 -0500, you wrote:
>The transputer CPU was made by INMOS (which was later bought out by
>SGS-Thompson which became ST-Microelectronics). However, there were several
>manufacturers of transputer equipment. Some of the popular ones are INMOS,
>Transtech, Niche, Parsytec, Sundance, and Parsys. See the specs page for a
>list of vendors. This is not complete at all and only contains vendors I
>have info on. What type of INMOS stuff do you have???

   I have some very high speed memory (at least for it's day!) And IIRC I
have a couple huge boards full of GAPP processors. IIRC there are two
boards about 24" square and there's several thousand GAPP procesors on them.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Joe R. []
>Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2004 9:11 AM
>To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
>Subject: RE: Surviving UK Transputer systems...
>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
>>(End-of-life) around the late 90's. Quite a remarkable CPU and it was
>>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.
> Joe
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