SPECIAL-PURPOSE PROCESSORS IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS.

Robert B. Pearson, John L. Richardson, William D Toussaint

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Abstract

Specially designed processors can provide a method for attacking some of the difficult computational problems facing theoretical physicists. The most obvious things to build into these processors are sufficient arithmetic elements to perform the desired computation. Less obvious but equally important is the need to design the machine so as to bring the desired data to the arithmetic elements when they are needed. In meeting these needs, designers must trade generality for speed. There are also complex trade-offs involving speed, the size of the system to be studied, and cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-389
Number of pages5
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1985
Externally publishedYes

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SPECIAL-PURPOSE PROCESSORS IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS. / Pearson, Robert B.; Richardson, John L.; Toussaint, William D.

In: Communications of the ACM, Vol. 28, No. 4, 04.1985, p. 385-389.

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Pearson, Robert B. ; Richardson, John L. ; Toussaint, William D. / SPECIAL-PURPOSE PROCESSORS IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS. In: Communications of the ACM. 1985 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 385-389.
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