The SHRIMP multicomputer provides virtual memory-mapped communication (VMMC), which supports protected, user-level message passing, allows user programs to perform their own buffer management, and separates data transfers from control transfers so that a data transfer can be done without the intervention of the receiving node CPU. An important question is whether such a mechanism can indeed deliver all of the available hardware performance to applications which use conventional message-passing libraries. This paper reports our early experience with message-passing on a small, working SHRIMP multicomputer. We have implemented several user-level communication libraries on top of the VMMC mechanism, including the NX message-passing interface, Sun RPC, stream sockets, and specialized RPC. The first three are fully compatible with existing systems. Our experience shows that the VMMC mechanism supports these message-passing interfaces well. When zero-copy protocols are allowed by the semantics of the interface, VMMC can effectively deliver to applications almost all of the raw hardware's communication performance.
|Number of pages
|Conference Proceedings - Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture, ISCA
|Published - 1996
|Proceedings of the 1996 23rd Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Duration: May 22 1996 → May 24 1996
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Hardware and Architecture