Sparcle: an evolutionary processor design for large-scale multiprocessors


Sparcle is a processor chip developed jointly by MIT, LSI Logic, and SUN Microsystems, by evolving an existing RISC architecture towards a processor suited for large-scale multiprocessors. Sparcle supports three multiprocessor mechanisms: fast context switching, fast, user-level message handling, and ne-grain synchronization. The Sparcle e ort demonstrates that RISC architectures coupled with a communications and memory management unit do not require major architectural changes to support multiprocessing e ciently.

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@article{Agarwal1993SparcleAE, title={Sparcle: an evolutionary processor design for large-scale multiprocessors}, author={Anant Agarwal and John Kubiatowicz and David A. Kranz and Beng-Hong Lim and Donald Yeung and Godfrey D'Souza and Mike Parkin}, journal={IEEE Micro}, year={1993}, volume={13}, pages={48-61} }