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Interfacing Java to the Virtual Interface Architecture

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Interfacing Java to the Virtual Interface Architecture
User-level network interfaces (UNIs) have reduced the overheads of communication by exposing the buffers used by the network interface DMA engine to the applications. This removes the kernel from the critical path of message transmission and reception, and reduces the number of data copies performed on that path. Unfortunately, the fact that UNIs require the application to manage buffers explicitly makes it difficult to provide direct access to a UNI from Java, as the language explicitly prevents programs from controlling the location or layout of objects. This paper describes Javia, a Java interface to the Virtual Interface Architecture (VIA), an emerging UNI standard in the industry. Javia explores two points in the design space. The first approach manages buffers in C code and requires data copies between the Java heap and native buffers. The second approach introduces a Java-level buffer abstraction that allows programs to allocate regions of memory outside the Java heap and to us...
Chi-Chao Chang, Thorsten von Eicken
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Type Conference
Year 1999
Where JAVA
Authors Chi-Chao Chang, Thorsten von Eicken
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