Francois J. Bitz

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Nectar is a “network backplane” for use in heterogeneous multicomputers. The initial system consists of a star-shaped fiber-optic network with an aggregate bandwidth of 1.6 gigabits/second and a switching latency of 700 nanoseconds. The system can be scaled up by connecting hundreds of these networks together. The Nectar architecture provides a(More)
Multicomputers built around a general network are now a viable alternative to multicomputers based on a system-specific interconnect because of architectural improvements in two areas. First, the host-network interface overhead can be minimized by reducing copy operations and host interrupts. Second, the network can provide high bandwidth and low latency by(More)
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