Architectural extensions to support effcient communication using message prediction

A. Afsahi, N.J. Dimopoulos
Proceedings 16th Annual International Symposium on High Performance Computing Systems and Applications  
With increasing uniprocessor and SMP computation power, workstation clusters are becoming viable alternatives to high performance computing systems. Communication overhead affects the performance of parallel computers significantly. A significant portion of the software communication overhead is attributable to message copying. We argue that it is possible to address the message copying problem at the receiving side through speculation. We show that messages display a form of locality, and we
more » ... locality, and we introduce the notion of message prediction for the receiving side of message-passing systems. By predicting a receive communication call before it is posted, we are able to place the required message directly into the cache speculatively before it is needed so that effectively a zero-copy communication can be achieved Specific extensions to the ISA and the processor architecture accommodate late binding without requiring copying of the message
doi:10.1109/hpcsa.2002.1019130 dblp:conf/hpcs/AfsahiD02 fatcat:mputf67u4bcfthkm3gq7iucq74