Requirements for ever increasing realism in real time computer image generation for military mission and commercial training, have generated the need for a higher performance, more cost effective front-end processor. Current computer image generators front-end general purpose computers are reaching their performance limits in current architectures.
The tasks of this processor include: realtime computations, magnetic disk control, data transfer and direct memory access to and from the balance of the image generator. A new front-end processor system is under development. This multiple-bus, multiprocessor architecture in and of itself does not address disk and external data transfer. A peripheral subsystem is therefore researched to satisfy these requirements.
Industry standard peripheral buses and protocols are evaluated. A peripheral subsystem, compatible with this new front-end processor architecture, is proposed. The Intelligent Peripheral Interface is selected as the optimum peripheral subsystem for computer image generation application.
An abbreviated design specification for the proposed subsystem is presented. The subsystem performs magnetic disk control, data transfer and direct memory access to and from the balance of the computer image generator while not compromising front-end computational performance. It is capable of addressing new levels of performance. Several Intelligence Peripheral Interface issues, specific to this computer image generation application, are investigated.
Petrasko, Brian E.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Bloomer, John J., "A Peripheral Subsystem Optimized for Computer Image Generation Applications" (1986). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4976.