Keywords

Computer engineering, Computer programs, Computer valuation

Abstract

In this paper, hardware and software techniques are presented for improving the Throughput (defined as computations per dollar) of computing systems which are oriented towards high-precision floating point computations. The various improvements are referenced to a baseline of the PDP 11/20, the NOVA 1200, and the TI 960A, all 16 bit minicomputers. The most beneficial hardware improvement is the inclusion of a Floating Point Processor, which yields up to 200X Throughput increase over a software floating point package. The inclusion of a cache high speed local memory and the availability of Polish Notation format instructions are shown to provide less than a 5X increase each. The use of 48 bit data paths, numerous registers devoted to various processor functions, instruction look ahead, a system I/O controller which frees the processor from I/O work, and partitioned main memory, result in a combined Throughput increase of 5.9X.

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Graduation Date

1977

Advisor

Patz, Benjamin W.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Degree Program

Engineering

Format

PDF

Pages

iv, 53 pages

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0012847

Subjects

Computer engineering, Computer programs, Computers -- Valuation

Collection (Linked data)

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Engineering Commons

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