In this paper, anew parallel processing system based on a cluster architecture which provides scalability of a parallel processing system while maintains shared memory multiprocessor characteristics is proposed. In recent days low cost, high performnce microprocessors have led to construction of large scale parallel processing systems. Such parallel processing systems provides large scalability but are mainly used for scientific applications which have large data parallelism. A shared memory multiprocessor system like TICOM is currently used as aserver for the commercial application, however, the shared memory multiprocessor system is known to have very limited scalability. The proposed architecture can support scalability and performance of the parallel processing system while it provides adaptability for the commerical application, hence it can overcome the limitation of the shared memory multiprocessor. The architecture and characteristics of the proposed system shall be described. A proprietary hierarchical crsossbar network is designed for this system, of which the protocol, routing and switching technique and the signal transfer technique are optimized for the proposed architecture. The design trade-offs for the network are described in this paper and with simulation usihng the SES/workbench, it is explored that the network fits to the proposed architecture.
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