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Summary

The growth of processing power and network bandwidth has drastically outpaced the growth of memory bandwidth and I/O bus bandwidth available in commodity clusters (often referred to as Beowulf Clusters). Current research into novel processing architectures, such as reconfigurable computing, promise a several fold increase in processing power.  Unfortunately, these technologies place an even heavier burden on the commodity memory system and the commodity I/O bus in a cluster.

This project is investigating a novel architecture that integrates reconfigurable computing with the network interface in a Beowulf Cluster.  We believe the result is greater than the sum of its parts; the two technologies complement one another masking some of the other's deficiencies.

Performance models indicate that this architecture improves performance significantly for three distinct types of applications.  These models are verified with a prototype system and extended to consider the performance potential of a next generation system. The original description is here.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of NSF and NASA who made this project possible.
  • This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9985986.
  • NASA Code 935 and previous branches have supported various students through the life of this project.


Please mail Comments/Suggestions to Ranjesh or Srinivas at { jranjes , sbeerav } at parl.clemson.edu