Multiprocessing System Architecture Using SPARC, MBUS, and SOLARIS

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This comprehensive survey of the technology used to design high-performance multiprocessing systems is a valuable reference for design engineers and a hands-on design guide. Intended for hardware and software engineers, it clearly explains the architectural components driving the next generation of multiprocessing and multithreading architectures from Sun Microsystems, Inc. The first book to cover new technology in the area of packet-switched buses and multithreaded application environments integrated in the ...
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Overview

This comprehensive survey of the technology used to design high-performance multiprocessing systems is a valuable reference for design engineers and a hands-on design guide. Intended for hardware and software engineers, it clearly explains the architectural components driving the next generation of multiprocessing and multithreading architectures from Sun Microsystems, Inc. The first book to cover new technology in the area of packet-switched buses and multithreaded application environments integrated in the design of multiprocessor systems. It brings together in one volume a coherent description of the problems and solutions unique to the design and development of multiprocessor systems. The book reviews design considerations associated with multiprocessor systems and presents practical solutions; provides an indepth study on the Scalable Processor ARChitecture (SPARC); introduces and details multi-level bus architectures including MBus and XBus/XDBus; details components of the SunSoft SunOS two-level multithreaded architecture such as threads, lightweight processes, synchronization, scheduling, preemption and real-time facilities; introduces multithreaded programming with code examples; examines several multiprocessor system implementations by highlighting tightly coupled, shared-memory model architectures and multi-level bus implementations; and provides the latest MBus specification and MBus Design Guide needed for the design of MBus based systems.

Provides an overview of SPARC architecture, including architecture conformance, semi-conductor technology scalability, multiprocessor support, as well as system level resources, SPARC multi-level Bus architectures--MBus and XBus, multiprocessor system design and simulation, and multiprocessor software. Geared to engineers and engineering professionals who want to understand the various architectural components, both hardware and software from Sun Microsystems.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780130891372
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Pages: 528

Table of Contents

Preface
How This Book is Organized
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction to Multiprocessing 1
2 The SPARC Architecture 27
3 SPARC Implementations 47
4 SPARC System-level Resources 83
5 SPARC Multi-level Bus Architectures 121
6 MBus Multiprocessor System Design 155
7 SunOS Multithreading Architecture 205
8 Multithread Programming Facilities for Implementing Multithreaded Applications 229
9 Multiprocessor System Implementations 269
10 The Next Decade of Innovation 307
A. MBus Interface Specification 319
B. MBus Module Design Guide 377
Glossary 415
Bibliography 475
Contacts 479
Index 481
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