Accession Number : ADA303091

Title :   Gigabit Nectar: Architecture and Performance.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Steenkiste, Peter

PDF Url : ADA303091

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Multicomputers consisting of off-the-shelf computers connected by commercial high-speed networks form an economically attractive computing platform for a large class of applications. However, while high- speed networks are fairly widely available (e.g. HIPPI and ATM), many computer systems have problems delivering this high bandwidth to the applications, thus limiting the class of applications that can be supported by multicomputers. The Gigabit Nectar project developed a network interface architecture that supports efficient high-bandwidth end-end communication. This architecture has been implemented for workstations (DEC Alpha) and distributed-memory systems (iWarp) and has been deployed in the Gigabit Nectar testbed. This report describes the Nectar network interface and its implementation and performance, and summarizes our application experience in the testbed.

Descriptors :   *INTERFACES, *COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, *MULTIPROCESSORS, *COMPUTER NETWORKS, VELOCITY, TEST BEDS, COMMERCE, HOST COMPUTERS, COMPUTERS, OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT, WORK STATIONS, BANDWIDTH.

Subject Categories : Computer Hardware
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE