Picasso: An experiment in hypercube operating system design

David K. Bradley, Bobby Achirul Awal Nazief, Dirk C. Grunwald, Daniel A. Reed

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Abstract

Any new computer system organization raises many questions about hardware, system software, algorithms, and programming; multicomputers are no exception. The commercial emergence of hypercubes has made it possible to move many research questions from theoretical to experimental venues. However, hardware availability does more than permit implementation of previously tested ideas. The feasibility of many application and operating system algorithms can only be determined experimentally. We believe it is difficult, if not impossible, to experimentally examine these issues singly - they interact in both obvious and subtle ways. This paper describes the Picasso hypercube operating system, a part of the Picasso project at the University of Illinois. Motivated by the need for a flexible operating system testbed, the design of Picasso has exposed several important, and necessary, features of multicomputer operating systems designed for research. We present the design and current performance of Picasso, discuss the lessons learned, and conclude with an overview of future research plans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd Conference on Hypercube Concurrent Computers and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationArchitecture, Software, Computer Systems, and General Issues, C3P 1988
EditorsGeoffrey Fox
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages364-373
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0897912780, 9780897912785
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988
Event3rd Conference on Hypercube Concurrent Computers and Applications, C3P 1988 - Pasadena, United States
Duration: 19 Jan 198820 Jan 1988

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 3rd Conference on Hypercube Concurrent Computers and Applications: Architecture, Software, Computer Systems, and General Issues, C3P 1988
Volume1

Conference

Conference3rd Conference on Hypercube Concurrent Computers and Applications, C3P 1988
CountryUnited States
CityPasadena
Period19/01/8820/01/88

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