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A PCI-based Network Interface Controller for IEEE 1355 DS-Links

Authors: Boosten, Marcel, Dobinson, R. W., Martin, B., Stok, P. D. V. van der


We have investigated the construction of a parallel computer using IEEE 1355 high-throughput low-latency DS link networks and high-performance commodity processors running a standard operating system. In this context a DS Network Interface Controller (DSNIC) has been developed. The board's hardware, controlled by FPGA firmware, together with the host software, provides a CSP based message passing interface between standard OS processes. This paper describes how the design and realisation of the DSNIC refleat our aim: low-latency high-throughput inter-process communication. We show the benchmark results, their analysis, and suggest further performance gains that might be possible.


Proceedings of WoTUG-21: Architectures, Languages and Patterns for Parallel and Distributed Applications, Peter H. Welch, André W. P. Bakkers, 1998, pp 49 - 68 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam

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