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The Conception and Development of Parallel Processors -- A Personal Memoir

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Original Publication Date: 1982-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05
Document File: 12 page(s) / 53K

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Software Patent Institute

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D. L. SLOTNICK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The circumstances surrounding the conception and development of centrally controlled array processors are described in this article. The time period involved, from 1953 to 1975, brackets the Westinghouse SOLOMON systems, their precursors, and the University of Illinois ILLIAC /V. Some reflections on past and possible future interplay between university and government laboratories on the one hand and industry on the other are made at the conclusion.

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The Conception and Development of Parallel Processors -- A Personal Memoir

D. L. SLOTNICK

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The Conception and Development of Parallel Processors -- A Personal Memoir

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The circumstances surrounding the conception and development of centrally controlled array processors are described in this article. The time period involved, from 1953 to 1975, brackets the Westinghouse SOLOMON systems, their precursors, and the University of Illinois ILLIAC /V. Some reflections on past and possible future interplay between university and government laboratories on the one hand and industry on the other are made at the conclusion.

Categories and Subject Descriptors: A.0 [General]: Biographies -- D.L. Slotnick; C. 1.2 [Processor Architecture]: Multiple Data Stream Architectures (Multiprocessors) -- parallel processors; K.2 [History of Computing] -- people, D L Slotnick; hardware, ILLIAC V, SOLOMON General Terms: Design, Performance, Reliability Additional Key Words and Phrases: University of Illinois.

The First Stirrings

In June 1952, with a new bride and new master's degree in mathematics, I took a job as a programmer with the Electronic Computer Project at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. I had no idea what a programmer was expected to do, but a school friend, Adolph Nussbaum, who was already working there and had arranged my apparently successful interview with Herman H. Goldstine, assured me that it was interesting and honest work and I did need a job. I left Princeton in February 1954 to return to school for a Ph.D. Although my stay at the institute had been for only 20 months, it played a significant role in my development.

First, it was my initial contact with what became and remains my profession, and it was the place where my vision broadened from the myopia of a young, partially cooked mathematician to encompass my still enduring interests in physical science and technology. In particular, I had the good fortune to learn the rudiments of logic and hardware design from members of one of

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