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Virtual Network Transport Protocols for Myrinet
January/February 1998 (vol. 18 no. 1)
pp. 53-63
This article describes a protocol for a general-purpose cluster communication system that supports multiprogramming with virtual networks, direct and protected network access, reliable message delivery using message time-outs and retransmissions, a powerful return-to-send error model for applications, and automatic network mapping. The protocols use simple, low-cost mechanisms that exploit properties of our interconnect without limiting flexibility, usability, or robustness. We have implemented the protocols in an active message communication system that runs a network of 100+ Sun UltraSPARC workstations interconnected with 40 Myrinet switches. A progression of microbenchmarks demonstrate good performance - 42 microsecond round-trip times and 31 MB/s node-to-node bandwidth - as well as scalability under heavy load and graceful performance degradation in the presence of high contention.
Index Terms:
Network transport protocols, Myrinet LAN, cluster communications, multiprogramming
Citation:
Brent N. Chun, Alan M. Mainwaring, David E. Culler, "Virtual Network Transport Protocols for Myrinet," IEEE Micro, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 53-63, Jan.-Feb. 1998, doi:10.1109/40.653035
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