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3 Author(s)
Chun, B.N. ; California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Mainwaring, A. ; Culler, D.E.

Bringing direct and protected network multiprogramming into mainstream cluster computing requires innovations in three key areas: application programming interfaces, network virtualization systems, and lightweight communication protocols for high-speed interconnects. The AM-II API extends traditional active messages with support for client-server computing and facilitates the construction of parallel clients and distributed servers. Our virtual network segment driver enables a large number of arbitrary sequential and parallel applications to access network interface resources directly in a concurrent but fully protected manner. The NIC-to-NIC communication protocols provide reliable and at-most-once message delivery between communication endpoints. The NIC-to-NIC protocols perform well as the number of endpoints and the number of hosts in the cluster are scaled. The flexibility afforded by the underlying protocols enables a diverse set of timely research efforts. Other Berkeley researchers are actively using this system to investigate implicit techniques for the coscheduling of communicating processes, an essential part of high-performance communications in multiprogrammed clusters of uni- and multiprocessor servers. Other researchers are extending the active message protocols described here for clusters of symmetric multiprocessors, using so-called multiprotocol techniques and multiple network interfaces per machine

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 1 )