For the past decades computer engineers have focused on building high-performance and large-scale computer systems with low-cost. One of the examples is a distributed-memory computer system like a cluster, where fast processing nodes to use commodity processors are connected through a high speed network. But it is not easy to develop applications on this system, because a programmer must consider all data and control dependences between processes and program them explicitly. For alleviating this problem the distributed virtual shared-memory (DVSM) system has been proposed. It is well known that the performance of the DVSM system highly depends on the network's performance and programming semantics, and currently its performance is very limited on a conventional network. Recently many advanced hardware-based interconnection technologies have been introduced, and one of them is the InfiniBand Architecture (IBA) which supports shared-memory programming semantics by means of remote direct-memory access (RDMA) and atomic operations. In this paper, we present the implementation of our InfiniBand-based DVSM system and analyze the performance of SPEC OMP benchmarks in detail by comparing with the DVSM based on the traditional network architecture and the hardware shared-memory multiprocessor (SMP) system. As experiment result, we show that our DVSM system to use full features of the IBA can improve the performance significantly over the IPoIB-based traditional system on the IBA, and furthermore the performance of one application on the IBA-based DVSM system is better than on the hardware SMP.
- Distributed virtual shared-memory
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Hardware and Architecture
- Control and Systems Engineering