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Scientific Programming
Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 25-32

Programming Environment for a High-Performance Parallel Supercomputer with Intelligent Communication

A. Gunzinger, B. BÄumle, M. Frey, M. Klebl, M. Kocheisen, P. Kohler, R. Morel, U. Müller, and M. Rosenthal

Electronics Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

Received 18 November 1994; Accepted 18 September 1995

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


At the Electronics Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, the high-performance parallel supercomputer MUSIC (MUlti processor System with Intelligent Communication) has been developed. As applications like neural network simulation and molecular dynamics show, the Electronics Laboratory supercomputer is absolutely on par with those of conventional supercomputers, but electric power requirements are reduced by a factor of 1,000, weight is reduced by a factor of 400, and price is reduced by a factor of 100. Software development is a key issue of such parallel systems. This article focuses on the programming environment of the MUSIC system and on its applications.