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Opportunity and Challanges of Modern Communication Architectures: Case Study with QsNet
CAC Workshop at IPDPS 2004
Publication Type: Talk
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We describe our efforts to scale message driven applications to a large number of processors on an Alpha cluster interconnected by QsNet. The clustering technology QsNet has a network interface with a communication co-processor. The presence of the co-processor minimizes main processor participation in message passing. We show the advantages of the communication co-processor for message driven applications. To scale fine-grained message driven applications to a large number of processors we had to overcome several hardware, software and operating system hindrances. We describe them in detail and present solutions for them. We use NAMD, a molecular dynamics program, as a case study for many of our performance optimizations.
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