Publication 91-89546-12-1

Area and power dissipation of multiprocessors

Gunnar Carlstedt

Multiprocessors are powerful computers. This report describes the properties regarding the implementation in VLSI. Starting from an application program it is possible to specify the different parts of a processor.

These parts are analysed. The area and power dissipation for a particular implementation is evaluated. The resulting expressions are abstract. If contemporary technology is used the expressions show a performance about 1000 better than a commercial processor.

The report also indicates a need for research on on-chip communication and synchronisation. However, most important is research on the program control of processors.

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report 91-89546-12-1.pdf