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Internode data communications in a parallel computer

United States Patent

February 11, 2014
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Internode data communications in a parallel computer that includes compute nodes that each include main memory and a messaging unit, the messaging unit including computer memory and coupling compute nodes for data communications, in which, for each compute node at compute node boot time: a messaging unit allocates, in the messaging unit's computer memory, a predefined number of message buffers, each message buffer associated with a process to be initialized on the compute node; receives, prior to initialization of a particular process on the compute node, a data communications message intended for the particular process; and stores the data communications message in the message buffer associated with the particular process. Upon initialization of the particular process, the process establishes a messaging buffer in main memory of the compute node and copies the data communications message from the message buffer of the messaging unit into the message buffer of main memory.
Archer; Charles J. (Rochester, MN), Blocksome; Michael A. (Rochester, MN), Miller; Douglas R. (Albert Lea, MN), Parker; Jeffrey J. (Rochester, MN), Ratterman; Joseph D. (Seattle, WA), Smith; Brian E. (Knoxville, TN)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
13/ 711,108
December 11, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. B554331 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.