Super Von Neumann Computer
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Present general-purpose computers differ vastly in hardware and performance, but they are invariably based on the same basic design principle, namely, the von Neumann processor. Such computers are sequential. They perform one operation at a time, using a single processing element, a sequential centralized control unit, low-level sequential machine language, and a linearly addressed fixed-width memory. Their sequential operation limits the performance of such computers. Further improvements in performance might be achieved by extended parallel processing: instead of using one computer for one task at a time, the task is divided into parts and assigned to a plurality of computing units operating in parallel (non-von Neumann computers). However, parallel processing has its unique problems and limitations.