A Simulation Study of the Virtual Interface Architecture

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The Virtual Interface Architecture (VIA) is an emerging standard for interconnecting commodity computing nodes into a cluster. Since VIA protocol. operations are implemented outside the operating system kernel (often, entirely in hardware), VIA transfers can be performed at very low delay, high throughput, and minimal CPU overhead. This makes VIA ideal when building large clusters that perform complex simulations of physical events, However, the scaling properties of VIA are less clear. This paper describes the design and results of a simulation model developed in OPNET to investigate VIA's ability to scale to clusters of> 1000 nodes.

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Hu, Tan Chang; Stans, Leonard & Tarman, Thomas D. May 18, 1999.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Virtual Interface Architecture (VIA) is an emerging standard for interconnecting commodity computing nodes into a cluster. Since VIA protocol. operations are implemented outside the operating system kernel (often, entirely in hardware), VIA transfers can be performed at very low delay, high throughput, and minimal CPU overhead. This makes VIA ideal when building large clusters that perform complex simulations of physical events, However, the scaling properties of VIA are less clear. This paper describes the design and results of a simulation model developed in OPNET to investigate VIA's ability to scale to clusters of> 1000 nodes.

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  • OPNETWORK '99; Washington, DC; 08/30-09/03/1999

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  • Other: DE00007147
  • Report No.: SAND99-0893C
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 7147
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Hu, Tan Chang; Stans, Leonard & Tarman, Thomas D. A Simulation Study of the Virtual Interface Architecture, article, May 18, 1999; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc709583/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.