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The MUSE Machine -- an Architecture for Structured Data Flow Computation

Brailsford, David F.; Duckworth, R. James

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David F. Brailsford

R. James Duckworth


T. Moto-oka

K. Fuchi


Computers employing some degree of data flow organisation are now well established as providing a possible vehicle for concurrent computation. Although data-driven computation frees the architecture from the constraints of the single program counter, processor and global memory, inherent in the classic von Neumann computer, there can still be problems with the unconstrained generation of fresh result tokens if a pure data flow approach is adopted. The advantages of allowing serial processing for those parts of a program which are inherently serial, and of permitting a demand-driven, as well as data-driven, mode of operation are identified and described. The MUSE machine described here is a structured architecture supporting both serial and parallel processing which allows the abstract structure of a program to be mapped onto the machine in a logical way.


Brailsford, D. F., & Duckworth, R. J. (1985). The MUSE Machine -- an Architecture for Structured Data Flow Computation. New Generation Computing, 3(2),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 1985
Deposit Date Oct 24, 2005
Publicly Available Date Oct 9, 2007
Journal New Generation Computing
Print ISSN 0288-3635
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 2
Keywords Data Flow, Parallel Computation, non von Neumann architectures, demand-driven, data-driven
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Additional Information Rebuilt final draft of paper which appeared in "New generation Computing" (1985)


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