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A lightweight media access protocol for a WDM-based distributed shared memory system

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2 Author(s)
Sivalingam, K.M. ; Div. of Comput. Sci., North Carolina Univ., Greensborn, NC, USA ; Dowd, P.W.

This paper presents a media access protocol designed for LIGHTING, a WDM testbed currently under construction which has been designed for high-performance supercomputer interconnection. The architecture is based on a dynamically reconfigurable hierarchical WDM network that is being constructed to interconnect a large number of supercomputers and create a distributed shared memory (DSM) environment. This paper describes the network media access protocol based on a single tunable transmitter and single tunable receiver (TT-TR) per node. The protocol exploits the bimodal traffic characteristics of a DSM system. The primary objectives of the protocol design are reduced average latency per packet, support of broadcast/multicast, and support of collisionless communication. The proposed approach is compared to an earlier protocol based on one tunable transmitter and one fixed receiver (TT-FR) per node. The performance of the protocol in terms of average latency and channel utilization is analyzed for varying system characteristics such as number of nodes and channels

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INFOCOM '96. Fifteenth Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer Societies. Networking the Next Generation. Proceedings IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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24-28 Mar 1996