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transputer

(processor, parallel)
(Note lower case) A family of microprocessors from Inmos with interprocessor links, programmable in occam.

transputer

(TRANSistor comPUTER) A microprocessor architecture in the early 1980s from British semiconductor company Inmos Limited that contained a CPU, memory and communications capability on a single chip. Chips were strung together in hypercube or grid-like patterns to create parallel processing machines for scientific, real-time control and AI applications. Although newer superscalar CPU designs obsoleted the transputer, the same parallel architecture is today embodied in clusters of computers. Inmos was acquired by SGS-Thomson in 1989, which later became STMicroelectronics. See occam.
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In Proceedings of the Conference on The Transputer in Australia (ATOUG-3, Sydney, Australia, June), T.
This simple solution has only been possible because two transputer subsystems (having no operating system at all) have been kept as a hardware interface to conventional sensors and actuators from the previous generation (lower layers in figure 8).
The output signal, approximately 900 Hz for a vehicle traveling at 30 MPH, is amplified and filtered, and then processed using a microprocessor and transputer array.
* Battenfeld of America, West Warwick, R.I., is showing a new 55-ton, all-servo-electric CDK-SE press with Unilog Tc40 "transputer" control.
An active research program utilizes an extensive array of computing facilities: SUN, DEC, and NeXT workstations, STARDENT 3000 Super Minicomputer, 40-node transputer network, and fiber-optic connections to a University-wide network accessing Bitnet, Internet and NYSER-net, among others.
Such processors often use a highly regular interconnection concept, allowing restricted communication between the computational units (e.g., with the INMOS transputer, a computation unit can be connected to up to four neighbors, typically located right, left, up and down).
The College maintains state-of-the-art equipment, including three parallel computer architectures (MasPar, CM-2, and transputer), a large network of SPARC and DEC workstations, and additional specialized laboratories: a virtual reality lab, multimedia lab, and a Macintosh teaching lab.
For this demonstration machine Battenfeld adapted its latest generation "transputer" controls, which so far are commercially available only on its injection molding machines.
The department has a parallel processing and neural network laboratory equipped with the following: one MASPAR Mp-1 1024-node SIMD supercomputer; one node PARSYTEK 32-node transputer system; one INMOS 40-node transputer system; SUN and COMPUADD workstations; and other parallel processing software development programs.
New automatic profile control systems for blown film were introduced while the latest high-tech "transputer" control system made its first appearance on a pipe and profile line.
An active research program utilizes an extensive array of computing facilities: SUN, DEC and NEXT workstations, STARDENT 3000 super Minicomputer, 32-node transputer network, and fiber-optic connections to a University-wide network accessing Bitnet, Internet and NYSERnet, among others.
It's available with Battenfeld's novel Unilog Tc40 "transputer" control (see PT, March '92, p.