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Multilisp is a version of the Lisp dialect Scheme extended with constructs for parallel execution. Like Scheme, Multilisp is oriented toward symbolic computation. Unlike some parallel programming languages, Multilisp incorporates constructs for causing side effects and for explicitly introducing parallelism. The potential complexity of dealing with side(More)
Many parallel algorithms are naturally expressed at a fine level of granularity, often finer than a MIMD parallel system can exploit efficiently. Most builders of parallel systems have looked to either the programmer or a parallelizing compiler to increase the granularity of such algorithms. In this paper we explore a third approach to the granularity(More)
Multilisp is an extension of Lisp (more specifically, of the Lisp dialect Scheme [15]) with additional operators and additional semantics to deal with parallel execution. It is being implemented on the 32-processor <italic>Concert</italic> multiprocessor. The current implementation is complete enough to run the Multilisp compiler itself, and has been run on(More)
Mul-T is a parallel Lisp system, based on Multilisp's future construct, that has been developed to run on an Encore Multimax multiprocessor. Mul-T is an extended version of the Yale T system and uses the T system's ORBIT compiler to achieve &#8220;production quality&#8221; performance on stock hardware &#8212; about 100 times faster than Multilisp. Mul-T(More)
MASA is a &#8220;first cut&#8221; at a processor architecture intended as a building block for a multiprocessor that can execute parallel Lisp programs efficiently. MASA features a tagged architecture, multiple contexts, fast trap handling, and a synchronization bit in every memory word. MASA's principal novelty is its use of multiple contexts both to(More)