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February 13, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co is claiming 2.6 GFLOPS peak performance for the experimental parallel processor it has been developing in collaboration with Kyoto University, and has also come up with a name for the thing – Adena, which stands for Alternating Direction Edition Nexus Array – that presumably sounds better in Japanese: the machine has 256 processing elements and includes a workstation as the front end; Matsushita has been playing about with Inmos International Plc Transputers in parallel processing applications, but claims that the node processors of the Adena are built around a newly-developed 440,000 transistor circuit.

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