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VM-Based Shared Memory on Low-Latency, Remote-Memory-Access Networks

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VM-Based Shared Memory on Low-Latency, Remote-Memory-Access Networks
Recent technological advances have produced network interfaces that provide users with very low-latency access to the memory of remote machines. We examine the impact of such networks on the implementation and performance of software DSM. Specifically, we compare two DSM systems—Cashmere and TreadMarks—on a 32-processor DEC Alpha cluster connected by a Memory Channel network. Both Cashmere and TreadMarks use virtual memory to maintain coherence on pages, and both use lazy, multi-writer release consistency. The systems differ dramatically, however, in the mechanisms used to track sharing information and to collect and merge concurrent updates to a page, with the result that Cashmere communicates much more frequently, and at a much finer grain. Our principal conclusion is that low-latency networks make DSM based on fine-grain communication competitive with more coarse-grain approaches,but that further hardware improvements will be needed before such systems can provide consistent...
Leonidas I. Kontothanassis, Galen C. Hunt, Robert
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Type Conference
Year 1997
Where ISCA
Authors Leonidas I. Kontothanassis, Galen C. Hunt, Robert Stets, Nikos Hardavellas, Michal Cierniak, Srinivasan Parthasarathy, Wagner Meira Jr., Sandhya Dwarkadas, Michael L. Scott
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