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New I/O usage models have emerged recently. There is a trend towards offloading compute intensive applications to specialized engines/accelerators. Many such applications today are in the high performance computing domain, examples of such are financial options modeling, seismic exploration, game physics, and bio-informatics. This paper illustrates the need for synchronization primitives for I/O accelerators to help these emerging usage models. It shows examples from real-world applications and the associated performance benefits of such primitives.
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