An analysis of memnet: An experiment in high-speed shared-memory local networking

Gary S. Delp, Adarshpal S. Sethi, David Farber

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Abstract

Memnet is a shared-memory local area network under development at the University of Delaware that provides close coupling to the processors of a physically distributed multiprocessor system. The Memnet local network appears as memory in the physical address space of each processor (host) on the network. This paper describes an analysis of the Memnet system performed to predict the possible performance levels attainable by a Memnet system. One objective of this analysis is to provide analytic results demonstrating the intrinsic soundness of the Memnet architecture. This is in support of the intuitive arguments of the shared-memory network model over the I/O modeled local network schemes. Another function of this analysis has been to provide design feedback for the choice of values for parameters such as page size. The analysis results indicate that the Memnet approach to networking should significantly speed communication compared to alternative networking schemes. Due to space limitations, the details of the analysis have not been included. The full text is available as TR - 88-6-1 from: Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark DE, 19716.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymposium Proceedings on Communications Architectures and Protocols, SIGCOMM 1988
EditorsVinton Cerf
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages165-174
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0897912799, 9780897912792
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes
Event1988 Symposium on Communications Architectures and Protocols, SIGCOMM 1988 - Stanford, United States
Duration: 1988 Aug 161988 Aug 18

Publication series

NameSymposium Proceedings on Communications Architectures and Protocols, SIGCOMM 1988

Conference

Conference1988 Symposium on Communications Architectures and Protocols, SIGCOMM 1988
CountryUnited States
CityStanford
Period88/8/1688/8/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Delp, G. S., Sethi, A. S., & Farber, D. (1988). An analysis of memnet: An experiment in high-speed shared-memory local networking. In V. Cerf (Ed.), Symposium Proceedings on Communications Architectures and Protocols, SIGCOMM 1988 (pp. 165-174). (Symposium Proceedings on Communications Architectures and Protocols, SIGCOMM 1988). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/52324.52342