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As the need for solutions to high speed processing problems increases, new and novel architectures will be developed. PEPE is an attempt to solve a specific real-time problem with use of special purpose hardware.
The Ballistic Missile Defense Advanced Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama started development studies in the late 1960s for a processor to offload the ever increasing demands on a serial processor operating in a ballistic missile defense (BMD) environment.
PEPE's design specifically addresses the BMD problem. It was designed to perform three basic functions previously allocated to a CDC 7700 system.
Correlation of new radar returns with current tracks
Track prediction on all current tracks
Scheduling on a radar time/power line, pulses to acquire more data on current or new tracks.
Mark Camillo Divecchio, "The Design of the Parallel Arithmetic Unit in PEPE", . August 1978.
Date Posted: 14 November 2007