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Flexible general purpose communication primitives for distributed systems

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3 Author(s)
R. Baldoni ; Dipt. di Inf. e Sistemistica, Rome Univ., Italy ; R. Beraldi ; R. Prakash

This paper presents the slotted-FIFO communication mode that supports communication primitives for the entire spectrum of reliability and ordering requirements of distributed applications: FIFO as well as non-FIFO, and reliable as well as unreliable communication. Hence, the slotted-FIFO communication mode is suitable for multimedia applications, as well as non real-time distributed applications. As FIFO ordering is not required for all messages, message buffering requirements are considerably reduced. Also, message latencies are lower. We quantify such advantages by means of a simulation study. A low overhead protocol implementing slotted-FIFO communication is also presented. The protocol incurs a small resequencing cost

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High Performance Distributed Computing, 1997. Proceedings. The Sixth IEEE International Symposium on

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5-8 Aug 1997