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The Connection Machine (Mit Press Series in Artificial Intelligence) Hardcover – April 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Series: Mit Press Series in Artificial Intelligence
  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Mit Pr (April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262081571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262081573
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is essentially an edited version of Hillis's landmark thesis describing the design and implementation of the Connection Machine (CM), a massively parallel computer. The philosophy behind the CM's design is that the right kind of machine for many important computational tasks is a machine with vast numbers of simple processors doing the same thing on different data. This notion of one processor per important data element (one processor per pixel in image processing) is inspiring.

The Connection Machine is not a textbook and may be intimidating to beginners, but it provides a wonderful picture of the kinds of issues involved in designing a new machine. The book is well written and features a host of interesting discussions by Hillis on related topics (such as general philosophy of parallel computing). Anyone interested in the subject of computer architecture will enjoy and profit greatly from this book.

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"This wonderfully lucid book describes what history may judge to be the second state in the evolution of digital computers."
Marvin Minsky, MIT



"The presentation is excellent.... As in the best of crime novels, the reader is made to become more and more curious as to how the central problem of the machine design will be solved I will refrain from giving any clues to the answer - it would spoil the suspense for future readers."
A. M. Andrew, Robotics



"The Connection Machine will be appreciated by those who require a lucid description of a computer design that is truly ingenious."
Igor Aleksander, Nature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevis Rothwell on August 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Especially given that this book is in fact a doctoral dissertation, it's extremely easy to read. This is not to say that it is written for children, but rather, the author has used language well to convey concepts rather than to confuse and sound stuffy.

The book states the limitations of the traditional Von Neumann computer architecture (which by and large we are still stuck with today) and then goes on to explain how an entirely different approach with many processors could work.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schneider on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This reference describes a computer architecture containing thousands of processor/memory cells that can be connected together by software, and the rational behind this architecture. It is easy to read, and is useful in providing the general reader with a feel for large multiple processor computation, in particular an architecture well suited for semantic network marker propagation.
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That was an amazingly forward-looking question in 1986. The machine and language described in this text gave rise to Thinking Machines. Still a fascinating read for those interested in distributed computing, parallel processing systems, etc.
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By n8 on August 17, 2010
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This book is great. I have loved computers for years, and this book has given me a completely different way to think about them.

Hats off to Daniel Hillis!

-n8
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