Virtual memory-mapped communication (VMMC) is a communication model providing direct data transfer between the sender's and receiver's virtual address spaces. This model eliminates operating system involvement in communication, provides full protection, supports user-level buffer management and zero-copy protocols, and minimizes software communication over-head. This paper describes system software support for the model including its API, operating system support, and software architecture, for two network interfaces designed in the SHRIMP project. Our implementations and experiments show that the VMMC model can indeed expose the available hardware performance to user programs. On two Pentium PCs with our prototype network interface hardware over a network, we have achieved user-to-user latency of 4.8 μsec and sustained bandwidth of 23 MB/s, which is close to the peak hardware bandwidth. Software communication overhead is only a few user-level instructions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-381
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 10th International Parallel Processing Symposium - Honolulu, HI, USA
Duration: Apr 15 1996Apr 19 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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