A Measure of Computer Flexibility
Computer Flexibility is Defined as the Ability of Any Major Unit to Be Connected by a Data Path to Any Other Major Unit within a Digital Computer. Consequently, in the Most Flexible Computer Architecture, Every Major Component, Such as Memory Units, Registers, and Arithmetic and Logic Units, is Connected to Every Other Major Component. a Measure of Computer Flexibility is Determined from a Directed Graph and Matrix Representation of the Computer's Data Structure. as an Example of its Application, a Method is Described Whereby Computer Flexibility Information Along with Performance and Cost Information is Shown to Be Useful Either for Improving Flexibility on Existing Computers or Allowing Tradeoffs between Cost and Flexibility of New Designs. © 1975.
P. D. Stigall and Ö. Tasar, "A Measure of Computer Flexibility," Computers and Electrical Engineering, vol. 2, no. 2 thru 3, pp. 245 - 253, Elsevier, Jan 1975.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/0045-7906(75)90011-7
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01 Jan 1975