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Message-based efficient remote memory access on a highly parallel computer EM-X

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5 Author(s)
Kodama, Y. ; Electrotech. Lab., Ibaraki, Japan ; Sakane, H. ; Sato, M. ; Sakai, S.
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Communication latency is central to multiprocessor design. This report presents the design principles of EM-X multiprocessor towards tolerating communication latency. Multi-threading principle is built in the EM-X to overlap communication and computation for latency tolerance. In particular, we present two types of hardware support for remote memory access: (1) priority-based packet scheduling for thread invocation, and (2) direct remote memory access mechanism. The priority-based scheduling policy extends a FIFO ordered thread invocation policy to adapt to different computational needs. The direct remote memory access based on non-preemptive thread execution is designed to overlap remote memory operations while executing threads. We give two examples to explain our approach. The 80-processor prototype of EM-X is currently being fabricated and is expected to be operational in the near future. Preliminary evaluation indicates that the EM-X can effectively overlap computation and communication, toward tolerating communication latency for high performance parallel computing

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Parallel Architectures, Algorithms and Networks, 1994. (ISPAN), International Symposium on

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14-16 Dec 1994