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Fine Grain Parallel Processing on Commodity Platforms

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


We present a tight integration of a user-level thread scheduler and a zero-copy messaging system that has been designed and optimized for scalable and efficient fine-grain parallel processing, on commodity platforms, with support for fault-tolerance. The system delivers most of the performance of the underlying communication hardware to a multi-threaded application level, while introducing little CPU overhead. This is demonstrated by a performance analysis of an implementation using off-the-shelf commodity products: PCs, running the Linux operating system, equipped with Fast and Gigabit Ethernet network interface cards.


Proceedings of WoTUG-22: Architectures, Languages and Techniques for Concurrent Systems, Barry M. Cook, 1999, pp 263 - 276 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam

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