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IWARP Redefined: Scalable Connectionless Communication Over High-Speed Ethernet

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Executive Summary

iWARP represents the leading edge of high performance Ethernet technologies. By utilizing an asynchronous communication model, iWARP brings the advantages of OS bypass and RDMA technology to Ethernet. The current specification of iWARP is only defined over connection-oriented transports such as TCP. The memory requirements of many connections along with TCP's flow and reliability controls lead to scalability and performance issues for large-scale HPC and datacenter applications. In this paper, the authors propose guidelines to extend iWARP over data-grams to provide better scalability and performance. While the proposed extension is designed for use in both HPC and datacenters, the emphasis of this paper is on HPC applications.

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