Parsytec GmbH

Parsytec GmbH

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Parsytec (PARallel SYstems TEChnology) make transputer-based parallel systems ranging from single processor plug-in boards for IBM PCs through to stand-alone systems with thousands of processors. The company was founded by Falk-D. Kubler, Dr.Gerhard H. Peise, and Bernd Wolff in Aachen, West Germany in 1985. The company had a turnover on sales of zero in their first year but this has risen to Dm1.5M in 1986, Dm5.2~M in 1988, Dm9M in 1989, and Dm15M in 1990. They initially targetted their systems at industry and have a large export market, which in 1988 accounted for one third of their turnover. By mid 1991 the 130-strong workforce realised a worldwide turnover of around $17~million. The company ParaCom was formed to take care of sales and marketing while Parsytec continued with research and development, which consumes most of the revenues generated. Parsytec/ParaCom have their headquarters in Aachen, Germany and subsidiary offices in Chicago-USA, Southampton-UK, and Chemnitz-Germany. Parsytec's product range includes a mid-range system and two large stand-alone parallel systems: MultiCluster (T800 processors). SuperCluster (T800 processors) --- SC-1/16--64. Parsytec GC (T9000 processors) --- GC-1 through to GC-5. Since the T9000 processor is not yet in production the SuperCluster systems based on the T800 processor are available under the ``Parcour Program'' as application development systems. Upgrading from the SC to the GC is claimed to be straightforward since the T9000 is the Inmos successor to the T800 and has the same instruction set (they also have a very similar compute/communication performance ratio). Applications which run on the SC platform are claimed to run 10 times faster on an equivalent sized GC system.

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The GPMIMD Interview. October/November 1991 Parallelogram.

Parsytec MultiCluster (T800 processors).

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Parsytek SuperCluster (T800 processors) SC-1/16--64.

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Parsytec GC (T9000 processors) --- GC-1 through to GC-5.

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The GC T9000 machine

User Base

Since 1986, more than 700 Parsytec parallel computers have been installed world-wide, being used for compute-intensive applications and industrial realtime systems.

In 1991 the National Center for Fluid Simulation at the RWTH Aachen was equipped with a large Parsytec parallel computer funded by the DFG (German Research Association). The PC2 (Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing) has installed the largest freely-configurable parallel computer in Europe. The Institute for Inter-disciplinary Scientific Computing (IWR) in Heidelberg has been working with a Parsytec computer as their central system since 1989. Shell in Amsterdam carries out application research with the largest industrial parallel computing system based on the transputer.

Some other fields of application are research into parallel algorithms, neural networks, fuzzy logic and simulation.

Additional Information

Parsytec were involved in the first phase of the GPMIMD project. However, disagreement with the other members, Meiko, Parsys, Inmos and Telmat, on the adoption of a single physical architecture, prompted them to announce their own T9000 machine the ``Grand Challenge'' system as previously described.

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