Date of Award

Spring 1990

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

John D. Carpinelli

Second Advisor

Stanley S. Reisman

Third Advisor

Sol Rosenstark


To increase computational bandwidth and system resilience, integration of several microprocessors in a single system becomes necessary. The overall throughput and efficiency of such a system is directly dependent on the hardware and software interconnection supported by the basic microprocessor chip. Sometimes it becomes difficult to put together all the information for design criteria and all the design related formulas.

The approach made here is to continuously update the hardware and software information in the database related to a given microprocessor. This information can be accessed at any time for efficient design solution. Intel 80386 and Motorola 68020 microprocessors are reviewed in detail and all the information is stored in a database.

The above approach has been implemented in the Multiprocessor System Design - Tutor (MSDT) using the Informix relational database management system. MSDT is a menu driven system implemented to help the system design engineers. MSDT stores and maintains information related to multiprocessor system design, which includes multiprocessor system requirements, microprocessor characteristics, the role of microprocessor in multiprocessor system design and interconnection network configurations and their performance factors. This information is presented to the user via the screen building utility of Informix-4GL; the user can also get a hard copy of all the information within the database by running the report generation utility. MSDT also has security password protection. The system has a good help facility available for the design process. At any given time the user can update the data in the table using this menu driven system.

The system is intended to grow into a complete evaluation system based on the Informix-4GL. It is developed on the basis of Fourth Generation Language which has a screen building utility, a menu building utility, a report writer and a window manager.

This system will suggest the candidate microprocessor and suitable support chips and interconnection techniques for different applications.