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ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS), Volume 6 Issue 3, Aug. 1988

Measurement and evaluation of the MIPS architecture and processor
John L. Hennessy, Steven A. Przybylski, Christopher Rowen, Thomas R. Gross
Pages: 229-257
DOI: 10.1145/45059.45060
MIPS is a 32-bit processor architecture that has been implemented as an nMOS VLSI chip. The instruction set architecture is RISC-based. Close coupling with compilers and efficient use of the instruction set by compiled programs were goals of the...

Remote pipes and procedures for efficient distributed communication
Nathan Glasser, David K. Gifford
Pages: 258-283
DOI: 10.1145/45059.45061
We describe a new communication model for distributed systems that combines the advantages of remote procedure call with the efficient transfer of bulk data. Three ideas form the basis of this model. First, remote procedures are first-class...

Stating security requirements with tolerable sets
F. Javier Thayer, Dale M. Johnson
Pages: 284-295
DOI: 10.1145/45059.214409
This paper introduces and develops the concept of tolerable sets for analyzing general security requirements. Tolerable sets, and corresponding purging functions and invisibility based on the sets, are used to state and test such requirements....

Performance effects of architectural complexity in the Intel 432
Edward F. Gehringer, Robert P. Colwell, E. Douglas Jensen
Pages: 296-339
DOI: 10.1145/45059.214411
The Intel 432 is noteworthy as an architecture incorporating a large amount of functionality that most other systems perform by software. It has, in effect, “migrated” this functionality from the software into the microcode and...