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A family of fault-tolerant routing protocols for direct multiprocessor networks

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2 Author(s)
Gaughan, P.T. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Alabama Univ., Tuscaloosa, AL, USA ; Yalamanchili, S.

Our goal is to reconcile the conflicting demands of performance and fault-tolerance in interprocessor communication. To this end, we propose a pipelined communication mechanism-pipelined circuit-switching (PCS)-which is a variant of the well known wormhole routing (WR) mechanism. PCS relaxes some of the routing constraints imposed by WR and as a result enables routing behavior that cannot otherwise be realized. This paper presents a new class of adaptive routing algorithms-misrouting backtracking with m misroutes (MB-m). This class of routing algorithms is made possible by PCS. We provide an analysis of the performance and static fault-tolerant properties of MB-m. The results of an experimental evaluation of PCS and MB-3 are also presented. This methodology provides performance approaching that of WR, while realizing a level of resilience to static faults that is difficult to achieve with WR

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Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 5 )