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A Comparative Analysis of Computer Architectures for Production System Machines


James Quinlan

May 1985 - Master's Thesis oot Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

This paper reports the results of research concerning the effect of a uniprocessor's architecture on the performance of production systems. A number of uniprocessors, both existing and proposed, are analyzed with respect to their execution of a production system interpreter known as OPS5. By using measured run-rime statistics of existing production systems, the performance of each uniprocessor is calculated and analyzed. The results show that the performance speed-up of a specialized architecture over a conventional architecture is significant but limited: a factor of 2-4 is observed.

101 pages

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