The Butterfly(TM) Lisp System

Seth Steinberg, Don Allen, Laura Bagnall, Curtis Scott

This paper describes the Common Lisp system that BBN is developing for its Butterfly multiprocessor. The BBN Butterfly is a shared memory multiprocessor which may contain up to 256 processor nodes. The system provides a shared heap, parallel garbage collector, and window based I/O system. The future construct is used to specify parallelism.

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