The distributed virtual shared-memory system based on the InfiniBand architecture

Inho Park, Seon Wook Kim

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Even though there have been strong research activities about distributed virtual shared-memory (DVSM) systems, their architectures have been not widely used in current high-performance computing markets. The reason is that the previously introduced DVSM systems use conventional interconnection technologies like Ethernet, which incurs high execution overhead due to process interruption at data communication for memory consistency. In this paper, we present the DVSM architecture based on the next generation of an interconnection technique, the InfiniBand Architecture (IBA). Because the IBA supports shared-memory programming semantics by means of remote direct-memory access (RDMA) and atomic operations in hardware, we can minimize the communication overhead for memory consistency on the DVSM system. For characterizing multithreaded applications on our IBA-based DVSM system, we examined two different shared-memory programming models, i.e. SPMD and OpenMP benchmarks. We show that our DVSM to use full features of the IBA can improve the performance significantly over the IPoIB-based DVSM system in all benchmarks, and also comparable to the bus-based shared-memory multiprocessor system in some benchmarks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1271-1280
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Parallel and Distributed Computing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Ministry of Information & Communications, Korea, under the Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) Support Program, and by the University Research Program of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea.


  • Distributed virtual shared-memory
  • InfiniBand
  • OpenMP
  • Performance
  • SPMD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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