Royal Society Publishing

Very-High-Performance Multiple-Instruction Multiple-Data Applications [and Discussion]

C. J. Elliott, J. H. Davenport


The MIMD (multiple instruction multiple data) class of multiprocessors offers, in principle, the capability to bring the resources of an arbitrary number of processors to a problem. This confers the dual advantages of very high performance and of fault-tolerance. A number of successful applications will be presented, from which some general conclusions are drawn on the practical feasibility of the use of MIMD machines.