Issue No. 01 - February (1995 vol. 15)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/40.342016
TNet is a new system area network designed to support current and future needs for reliable, efficient communications among processors and peripherals. It is an extensible hardware/software layer that allows very large configurations by logically and physically isolating the processor busses from the I/O busses. TNet is a wormhole-routed, packet-switched, point-to-point, system area network. The first implementation has full-duplex, byte-serial links with electrical interfaces supporting either backplane connections or inter-cabinet cables. Variable length packets contain up to 64-bytes of data per packet. TNet transactions consist of pairs of request-response packets allowing data to either be pushed or pulled across the network. The network is designed to support many simultaneous, low-latency, DMA transfers for both inter-processor communications and I/O.
TNet, massively parallel processing, reliability, system area network, I/O, IPC, routing, multistage interconnect network, wormhole routing, flow control, multiprocessor
R. W. Horst, "TNet: A Reliable System Area Network," in IEEE Micro, vol. 15, no. , pp. 37-45, 1995.