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Measuring MPI send and receive overhead and application availability in high performance network interfaces

Doerfler, Douglas W.; Brightwell, Ronald B.

In evaluating new high-speed network interfaces, the usual metrics of latency and bandwidth are commonly measured and reported. There are numerous other message passing characteristics that can have a dramatic effect on application performance that should be analyzed when evaluating a new interconnect. One such metric is overhead, which dictates the networks ability to allow the application to perform non-message passing work while a transfer is taking place. A method for measuring overhead, and hence calculating application availability, is presented. Results for several next-generation network interfaces are also presented. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006.