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Enabling network-aware applications

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5 Author(s)
Tierney, B.L. ; Lawrence Berkeley Nat. Lab., CA, USA ; Gunter, D. ; Lee, J. ; Stoufer, M.
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Many high-performance distributed applications use only a small fraction of their available bandwidth. A common cause of this problem is not a flaw in the application design, but rather improperly tuned network settings. Proper tuning techniques, such as setting the correct TCP buffers and using parallel streams, are well-known in the networking community, but outside this community they are infrequently applied. In this paper, we describe a service that makes the task of network tuning trivial for application developers and users. Widespread use of this service should virtually eliminate a common stumbling block for high-performance distributed applications

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High Performance Distributed Computing, 2001. Proceedings. 10th IEEE International Symposium on

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