Computer architecture and organization by Ian East

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3: Two alternative management structures No interaction should occur except between parent and child. The precise description of the interaction between parent and offspring tasks is called the interface. The ideas detailed here are based on those of Edward Yourdon. For a full account of top-down design see [Yourdon & Constantine 78]. Modules The top-down diagram is progressively developed until each task may be delegated to a single engineer (or team of engineers) who may be expected to produce a verified system prior to a declared deadline.

A database) must either be distributed or belong solely to a single process. Just as assignment is of a variable to an expression, output is of an expression and the corresponding input is of its value into a variable. The correspondence of assignment to input and output is no coincidence and shows that all computation may be regarded as communication, as we shall see. Construct processes Constructs may be employed to specify a process in terms of subordinates. The possibilities are as follows… • • • • Sequence Parallel Selection Iteration The three possible means of process selection are by… • Guard event 20 CHAPTER 1.

1 Tasks Top-down task diagram We commence by thinking of the requirement to be met as a task to be performed. Now we repeatedly subdivide it into a number of others which are simpler, or easier, to perform. Each task is considered done if all its offspring have been completed. Reduction proceeds until we reach a point at which a single engineer can easily specify software to perform each task at any level. 2 illustrates a top-down task diagram for the task of writing a textbook such as this. 30 CHAPTER 2.

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