|data flow - A data flow architecture or language performs a computation
when all the operands are available. Data flow is one kind
of data driven architecture, the other is demand driven.
It is a technique for specifying parallel computation at a
fine-grain level, usually in the form of two-dimensional
graphs in which instructions that are available for concurrent
execution are written alongside each other while those that
must be executed in sequence are written one under the other.
Data dependencies between instructions are indicated by
directed arcs. Instructions do not reference memory since the
data dependence arcs allow data to be transmitted directly
from the producing instruction to the consuming one.|
Data flow schemes differ chiefly in the way that they handle re-entrant code. Static schemes disallow it, dynamic schemes use either "code copying" or "tagging" at every point of reentry.
An example of a data flow architecture is MIT's VAL machine.