Re: Handel-C (compile to wire, not code)

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From: Robert S. Thau (
Date: Sun Oct 08 2000 - 11:44:26 PDT

Eugene Leitl writes:
> The reason why this is not being done: 1) embedded RAM processes are
> very new, and SRAM cells take up 4-6 times the space of a DRAM cell,
> so that makes for very small memory grains. 2) the resulting
> architecture (100 of CPUs with few ~MBytes memory grains and hardware
> message passing) would weird out 99% of software developers, and we
> can't yet import H1Bs from Mars or the galactic halo.

FWIW, there are several active research projects in academia trying to
build machines like this, and figure out what to do with them. I
don't follow the literature enough to track them all, but the
Amorphous Computing and Raw chip projects at MIT come to mind, as does
the Berkeley Iram project. (Google will get you pointers to all of
them, if you're curious).


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