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The Impact of Data Transfer and Buffering Alternatives on Network Interface Design

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The Impact of Data Transfer and Buffering Alternatives on Network Interface Design
The explosive growth in the performance of microprocessors and networks has created a new opportunity to reduce the latency of fine-grain communication. Microprocessor clock speeds are now approaching the gigahertz range. Network switch latencies have dropped to tens of nanoseconds. Unfortunately, this explosive growth also exposes processor accesses to the network interface (NI) as a critical bottleneck for fine-grain communication. Researchers have proposed several techniques, such as using block loads and stores, User-Level DMA, and Coherent Network Interfaces, to alleviate this NI access bottleneck. This paper is the first to systematically identify, examine, and evaluate the key parameters that underlie these design alternatives. We classify these parameters into two categories: data transfer and buffering parameters. The data transfer parameters capture how messages are transferred between internal memory structures (e.g. processor caches, main memory) of a computer and a memory...
Shubhendu S. Mukherjee, Mark D. Hill
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Type Conference
Year 1998
Where HPCA
Authors Shubhendu S. Mukherjee, Mark D. Hill
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