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Collective network for computer structures

United States Patent

August 16, 2011
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A system and method for enabling high-speed, low-latency global collective communications among interconnected processing nodes. The global collective network optimally enables collective reduction operations to be performed during parallel algorithm operations executing in a computer structure having a plurality of the interconnected processing nodes. Router devices ate included that interconnect the nodes of the network via links to facilitate performance of low-latency global processing operations at nodes of the virtual network and class structures. The global collective network may be configured to provide global barrier and interrupt functionality in asynchronous or synchronized manner. When implemented in a massively-parallel supercomputing structure, the global collective network is physically and logically partitionable according to needs of a processing algorithm.
Blumrich; Matthias A. (Ridgefield, CT), Coteus; Paul W. (Yorktown Heights, NY), Chen; Dong (Croton On Hudson, NY), Gara; Alan (Mount Kisco, NY), Giampapa; Mark E. (Irvington, NY), Heidelberger; Philip (Cortlandt Manor, NY), Hoenicke; Dirk (Ossining, NY), Takken; Todd E. (Brewster, NY), Steinmacher-Burow; Burkhard D. (Wernau, DE), Vranas; Pavlos M. (Bedford Hills, NY)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
11/ 572,372
July 18, 2005
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The invention described in this application was made with U.S. Government support under U.S. Government contract B517552 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.