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Collective operations in a file system based execution model

United States Patent

February 19, 2013
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A mechanism is provided for group communications using a MULTI-PIPE synthetic file system. A master application creates a multi-pipe synthetic file in the MULTI-PIPE synthetic file system, the master application indicating a multi-pipe operation to be performed. The master application then writes a header-control block of the multi-pipe synthetic file specifying at least one of a multi-pipe synthetic file system name, a message type, a message size, a specific destination, or a specification of the multi-pipe operation. Any other application participating in the group communications then opens the same multi-pipe synthetic file. A MULTI-PIPE file system module then implements the multi-pipe operation as identified by the master application. The master application and the other applications then either read or write operation messages to the multi-pipe synthetic file and the MULTI-PIPE synthetic file system module performs appropriate actions.
Shinde; Pravin (Austin, TX), Van Hensbergen; Eric (Austin, TX)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
13/ 563,120
July 31, 2012
This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract No. DE-FG02-08ER25851 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.