Advanced Research in VLSI: Proceedings of the Fifth MIT by Jonathan Allen, F. Thomson Leighton

By Jonathan Allen, F. Thomson Leighton

The sphere of VLSI (Very huge Scale Integration) is anxious with the layout, creation, and use of hugely advanced built-in circuits. The study gathered right here comes from many disciplines, together with machine structure, computer-aided layout, parallel algorithms, semiconductor know-how, and checking out. It extends to novel makes use of of the expertise and ideas initially constructed for built-in circuits, together with built-in sensor arrays, electronic images, hugely parallel pcs, microactuators, neural networks, and a number of special-purpose architectures and networks of special-purpose devices.Jonathan Allen is Professor within the division of electric Engineering and computing device technological know-how and Director of the study Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. F. Thomson Leighton is affiliate Professor within the division of arithmetic and a member of the Laboratory for laptop technology at MIT.

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Section 6 d escri bes a proposed speed-independent desi gn of a distributed mutual exclus ion circuit and describes the results of apply ing the verifier to the circuit at two levels of abs t raction. Finally, section 7 pre sents conclusions and directions for future w or k. The present at ion of these results is relati vely informal. They are described in greater detail and pr oved in the author's PhD thesis [1]. out of trace structures for s imple circuits. Section structures can also be used for 2 Trace Theory The fundamental circui t can be The events of idea behind trace theory is that the behavior of a d e scrib ed usi ng sets of event sequences, called traces.

A 38 v v v x u x u y Figure 2: y y Building Block Interconnections for a One-way Mesh special token is used to mark the end of the message. The packet-the combination of the header, the message, and the trailing token-cuts a path through the mesh, first to the right and then up, to its desti­ nation. The arbiter transmits an entire packet contiguously from an input port to the output port. Packets from different input ports are not interleaved. The switch consumes the first bit of the packet, and, based on whether the bit is one or zero, passes the remainder of the message out through either port S or port T.

This research is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, ARPA Order number 3771, and monitored by the Office of Naval Research under contract number NOOOI4-79-C-0597. References [1] R. M. S. J. L. R. Hoare, "Communicating Sequential Processes", C. E. J. Fischer, "Parallel Prefix Computation", J. ACM, 27, pp. J. J. J. Martin, "The Design of a Self-Timed Circuit for Distributed Mutual Exclusion," Proc. 1985 Chapel Hill Conf. VLSI, ed. J. L. Seitz, "System Timing," Chapter 7 in Mead and Conway, Introduction to VLSI Systems, Addison-Wesley, Reading MA (1980) [11] D.

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