The company DTN was a management buy out from Philips and I had the
responsibility for design of the "fifth generation" dataflow computer.
The company was partly funded by governments grants.
Fifth generation computers were a very hot item these days.
There was for the first time a notion that computers would become
large massively parallel processing engines.
Many often radically different architectures were considered to harness
all the processing power which would become available.
The general expectation was that progress would come from applying new
programming languages, advanced compilers, new computer architectures
together with inter connection systems.
Article about the DTN Dataflow Computer in Dutch
The RC compiler for the DTN dataflow computer
The DTN Dataflow Computer is a graphics
workstation containing 32 dataflow processing elements. It may possibly
be the first commercially available dataflow machine. In this article
our main focus is on its RC compiler. Although dataflow machines are
usually programmed in a declarative language, RC is imperative: it is a
somewhat restricted form of C.