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The IRn Project

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128275D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-15
Document File: 4 page(s) / 18K

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

Robert Cartwright: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

During 1984-85, the following equipment was acquired for use in CER supported research projects: 8 SUN Microsystems Workstations, 1 Pyramid 90x Computer I Imagen 8/300 Laser Printer. The Pyramid 90x was purchased using funds from this year's budget and University funds with an expectation that the University's share will be bought out using funds from the 1985-86 CER equipment budget. It is being used primarily as a computational resource for the network and supports no direct interactive use. The SUN workstations are distributed throughout the three departments and are used for software development supporting the Programming Environment, the Vector Processor, and the Numerical Workbench.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

The IRn Project

Rice University Progress Report 1984-85

Robert Cartwright John Dennis J. Robert Jump Ken Kennedy

Rice COW TR85-20

Department of Computer Science Rice University P.O. Box 1892 Houston, TX 77251-1892

(713) 527 The IRn Project Rice University Progress Report 1984-85

R.S. Cartwright; K.W. Kennedy Department of Computer Science

J.R. Jump Department of Electrical Engineering

J.E. Dennis Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Equipment Acquisition

2. 3. During 1984-85, the following equipment was acquired for use in CER supported research projects: 8 SUN Microsystems Workstations

1 Pyramid 90x Computer I Imagen 8/300 Laser Printer The Pyramid 90x was purchased using funds from this year's budget and University funds with an expectation that the University's share will be bought out using funds from the 1985-86 CER equipment budget. It is being used primarily as a computational resource for the network and supports no direct interactive use. The SUN workstations are distributed throughout the three departments and are used for software development supporting the Programming Environment, the Vector Processor, and the Numerical Workbench.

In addition, funds from the equipment budget have been expended to bring all CER owned SUN Workstations to two megabytes of memory, and to purchase parts for the prototype vector pro- cessor.

2. Personnel

Keith Cooper continued as the research associate. The CER grant has provided full or partial support for 11 graduate students from the three departments during the year. The grant also pro-vided partial support for an administrator and a secretary.

3. Research

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The IRn Project

Research progress has been made on three major projects during the past year. A partial list of publications is attached to this report.

3.1. Programming Environment

During the year, a number of demonstrations of the programming environment have been held, including a site visit in early summer, a meeting with a group of IIBM researchers in August, and a poster session at the SLAM symposium in Houston in Januaxy. The research and development work has been focused in two distinct directions: stabilizing the existing software with the intent of distributing a preliminary version of the environment by early summer, and beginning the con-struction of the optimizing compiler. The current version of the system includes a module editor, a program editor, a database editor, a documentation editor, a help processor, a calculator, and an execution monitor. Work is in pro-gress on the optimizing compiler, and a debugging interpreter. The project newsletter series continues to be an active forum for disseminating technical informa-tion, with at least 14 newsletters currently in the series. The group is generating a fair number of publications, and two doctoral dissertations on programming environment related issues will...