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On the Design of Display Processors (Myer & Sutherland, 1968)

posted Dec 18, 2008, 12:54 AM by Nicolas Pinto
The flexibility and power needed in the data channel for a computer display are considered. To work efficiently, such a channel must have a sufficient number of instructions that it is best understood as a small processor rather than a powerful channel. As it was found that successive improvements to the display processor design lle on a circular path, by making improvements one can return to the original simple design plus one new general purpose computer for each trip around. The degree of physical separation between display and parent computer is a key factor in display processor design