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An Algorithmic Taxonomy of Production System Machines

Mills, Russell C.

This paper presents a survey of computer architectures designed to execute production systems. After a brief description of production systems and production system languages, the paper summarizes match algorithms, particularly the Rete algorithm, and outlines suggested parallelizations. Most parallel production system algorithms have as their unit of sequential computation a single production's left-hand side, activations of a single Rete node, a single activation of a Rete node, or a single comparison in a Rete node. The paper discusses a number of proposed production system machine architectures in terms of the parallel and sequential computations performed in the algorithms suggested for each machine. A taxonomy of parallel production system algorithms, describing in detail the distribution and replication of data and computations, concludes the paper.



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Computer Science
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-340-88
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December 15, 2011