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Flynn's Taxonomy as a modern classification

Posted 12 December 2016 - 04:31 PM

Flynn's Taxonomy was a classification of computer architectures published in 1966. Computing has changed a lot since then. Is this taxonomy still useful? What are some of its shortcomings for evaluating modern computing systems?
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Re: Flynn's Taxonomy as a modern classification

Posted 12 December 2016 - 04:55 PM

What have you considered? What is your opinion?
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Re: Flynn's Taxonomy as a modern classification

Posted 12 December 2016 - 07:36 PM

View PostSkydiver, on 12 December 2016 - 04:55 PM, said:

What have you considered? What is your opinion?


I'm unsure. It's my impression (but I could easily be wrong) that most modern computers are MIMD. Is it relevant to still talk about Fylnn's classifications if we've settled on a standard.

Or maybe it's the case that the lines have become blurred between his four categories. Not sure.
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Re: Flynn's Taxonomy as a modern classification

Posted 20 December 2016 - 03:09 PM

And a quantum computer as we presently conceptualize it where you give it a single instruction but it would concurrently apply the instruction to a universe of probabilities simultaneously would be SIMD?
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