Optimistic Active Messages: A Mechanism for Scheduling Communication with Computation

@inproceedings{Wallach1995OptimisticAM,
  title={Optimistic Active Messages: A Mechanism for Scheduling Communication with Computation},
  author={Deborah A. Wallach and Wilson C. Hsieh and Kirk L. Johnson and M. Frans Kaashoek and William E. Weihl},
  booktitle={PPOPP},
  year={1995}
}
Low-overhead message passing is critical to the performance of many applications. Active Messages reduce the software overhead for message handling: messages are run as handlers instead of as threads, which avoids the overhead of thread management and the unnecessary data copying of other communication models. Scheduling the execution of Active Messages is typically done by disabling and enabling interrupts, or by polling the network. This primitive scheduling control, combined with the fact… CONTINUE READING
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