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The limited applicability of block decomposition in cluster computing

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1 Author(s)
Crandall, P.E. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Eng., Connecticut Univ., Storrs, CT, USA

This paper investigates the usefulness of block partitioning in cluster computing in light of recent network improvements such as FDDI and high-speed switch technology. Mathematical characterizations of the communication costs for contiguous partitioning and block decomposition in both a ring-connected and switched network are presented. Simulations of ring and switch technologies indicate that as network speeds increase and as the effects of message-preparation latency dominate, the advantages claimed for block decomposition diminish

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High Performance Distributed Computing, 1995., Proceedings of the Fourth IEEE International Symposium on

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2-4 Aug 1995

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