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An HIPPI Interconnection System
February 1993 (vol. 42 no. 2)
pp. 138-150

The proposed HIPPI standard, a connection-oriented communication standard for very-high-speed interconnection systems connecting high-end computing systems, is discussed. The problems of managing connections and of configuring the interconnection system as either a single crossbar switch or as a clique of crossbar switches are considered. Three connection management policies are introduced: a centralized policy, a broadcast policy, and a distributed policy. To compare these policies for different system configurations, a set of models is introduced and used to evaluate a range of interconnection system configurations. The results of these models and the use of a cost measure make it possible to compare the cost and performance of different configurations and alternative connection management policies.

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Index Terms:
high performance parallel interface; HIPPI interconnection system; standard; connection-oriented communication standard; very-high-speed interconnection systems; high-end computing systems; crossbar switch; centralized policy; broadcast policy; distributed policy; system configurations; cost measure; network interfaces; protocols.
I. Chlamtac, A. Ganz, M.G. Kienzle, "An HIPPI Interconnection System," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 138-150, Feb. 1993, doi:10.1109/12.204790
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