This thesis is a study of the implementation of parallel algorithms for solving
elliptic and parabolic partial differential equations on a network of transputers.
The thesis commences with a general introduction to parallel processing. Here a
discussion of the various ways of introducing parallelism in computer systems and the
classification of parallel architectures is presented.
In chapter 2, the transputer architecture and the associated language OCCAM are
described. The transputer development system (TDS) is also described as well as a
short account of other transputer programming languages. Also, a brief description of
the methodologies for programming transputer networks is given. The chapter is
concluded by a detailed description of the hardware used for the research. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.