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PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Steen Larsen


Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Hot-Potato I/O: Improving and simplifying I/O DMA transactions on cluster systems
Performance improvement of computer system I/O has been slower than processor and memory technologies in terms of reducing latency, increasing bandwidth, and other factors. Based on this observation, how I/O is performed needs to be re-examined and explored for optimizations. To rebalance the computer system having multiple cores and multiple CPUs with integrated memory controllers, this paper proposes a new system oriented I/O method where data movement is controlled more directly by the CPU. This is achieved by treating the ownership of payload data movement as a “Hot-Potato” and the I/O interfaces as simple FIFOs. Our experiments with the proposed method on a current system show that transmit latency for small Ethernet frames reduces from 1,673 ns to 108 ns, and memcached application testing shows 8% latency reduction. Several less quantifiable benefits that exist in terms of system power management, I/O quality-of-service, and system complexity are also discussed.

Major Advisor: Ben Lee
Committee: Bella Bose
Committee: Thinh Nguyen
Committee: Bechir Hamdaoui
GCR: Guenter Schneider 


Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
1007
Nicole Thompson
1 541 737 3617
Nicole.Thompson at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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