Design choices in the SHRIMP system: an empirical study

Matthias A. Blumrich, Richard D. Alpert, Yuqun Chen, Douglas W. Clark, Stefanos N. Damianakis, Cezary Dubnicki, Edward William Felten, Liviu Iftode, Kai Li, Margaret Rose Martonosi, Robert A. Shillner

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The SHRIMP cluster-computing system has progressed to a point of relative maturity; a variety of applications are running on a 16-node system. We have enough experience to understand what we did right and wrong in designing and building the system. In this paper we discuss some of the lessons we learned about computer architecture, and about the challenges involved in building a significant working system in an academic research environment. We evaluate significant design choices by modifying the network interface firmware and the system software in order to empirically compare our design to other approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-341
Number of pages12
JournalConference Proceedings - Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture, ISCA
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 25th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Jun 27 1998Jul 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture


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