CHoPP Computer Corp, one of a string of mid-1980s supercomputer start-ups that quickly found it was facing an uphill struggle for recognition, reports that it is continuing its research into basic technology aimed at major increases in the performance of future general purpose computers. The La Jolla, California company says that its recent work has […]
CHoPP Computer Corp, one of a string of mid-1980s supercomputer start-ups that quickly found it was facing an uphill struggle for recognition, reports that it is continuing its research into basic technology aimed at major increases in the performance of future general purpose computers. The La Jolla, California company says that its recent work has been the basis for the creation of multiprocessor systems building blocks, which it calls CHoPP glue chips, designed to bring together CPU chips in an effective parallel processing structure. It has three proposed glue chips, a task manager, a memory chip, and a network chip, and all three are currently being designed: the company says that they represent all the unique qualities of the CHoPP architecture. The company is able to continue in part because some of the cash for its work is being put up by the US Department of the Navy. CHoPP is also zealously protecting its patents, but it still faces a critical problem raising adequate capital for commercial exploitation of its technology. It is therefore working on documentation for a proposed $10m to $12m funding of a joint venture licensing company which will be owned jointly by CHoPP and its investment banker, International Investment Group Of Atlanta, Georgia. Under the proposal, the funds will be used for completion of the design of the glue chips, filing of applicable patents to protect the company now and in the future, and construction of a four- to eight-CPU configuration to prove and demonstrate the technology. It also hopes there will be enough left over to provide a marketing budget for 18 to 24 months and adequate working capital for up to two years for the licensing operation. Herbert Sullivan, president with the CHoPP research staff, has completed a technical paper entitled Unifying Parallel Processing, which describes the CHoPP approaches and shows how the CHoPP concepts can be applied to parallel computer designs in many price categories, from workstations through minicomputers to mainframes. The implementations described include the CHoPP-patented conflict-free memory as a crucial component, and the company claims that in large configurations, these implementations have the potential to increase computer speed by hundreds to thousands of times.