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Distributed-shared-memory support on the Simultaneous Optical Multiprocessor Exchange Bus

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1 Author(s)
Katsinis, C. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Alabama Univ., Huntsville, AL, USA

This paper examines the performance of distributed-shared-memory systems based on the Simultaneous Optical Multiprocessor Exchange Bus (SOME-Bus) using queueing network models and develops theoretical results which predict processor utilization, message latency and other useful measures. It also presents simulation results which compare the performance of the SOME-Bus, the mesh and the torus. The SOME-Bus is a low-latency, high-bandwidth, fiber-optic interconnection network which directly links arbitrary pairs of processor nodes without contention. It contains a dedicated channel for the data output of each node, eliminating the need for global arbitration and providing bandwidth that scales directly with the number of nodes in the system. Each of N nodes has an array of receivers, with one receiver dedicated to each node output channel. The entire N-receiver array can be integrated on a single chip at a comparatively minor cost resulting in o(N) complexity. The SOME-Bus supports multiple simultaneous broadcasts of messages allowing cache consistency protocols to complete much faster. Compared to the networks considered here, the SOME-bus is the interconnection network whose performance is least affected by large message communication times

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Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems, 1998. Proceedings. Sixth International Symposium on

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19-24 Jul 1998