Transputer and its application in the mining and process industries — a multiprocessing perspective

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 87, No. 978, 1994

S.K. Dutta and D. Putatunda, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India S. Banerjee and J.L. Chakravarty, B.E. College, Howrah, India

General purpose uniprocessor systems used in control applications, however fast they may be, at a certain stage attain saturation, forcing the user or designer to consider other avenues for solving the problem. This paper gives a broad overview of multiprocessing with special reference to transputers. Virtually all aspects, from parallel systems real-time control to artificial intelligence (AI) and expert systems, have been highlighted. The application of transputers in unilayer and multilayer control are discussed in detail, with specific attention to sensor integration. Two case studies describe at length the utilization of transputers.
Keywords: Computer applications, Automation, Transputers, Real-time control, Parallel processing, Occam sensors, Distributed memory, Message-passing systems.