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Myrinet is a new type of Local-Area Network (LAN) based on the technology used for packet communication and switching within "Massively-Parallel Processors" (MPPs). Myrinet can be think as an MPP message-passing network that can span campus dimensions, rather than as a wide-area telecommunications network that is operating in close quarters. The technical steps toward making Myrinet a reality included the development of robust, 25m communication channels with flow control, packet framing, and error control; self-initializing, low-latency, cut-through switches; host interfaces that can map the network, select routes, and translate from network addresses to routes, as well as handle packet traffic; and streamlined host software that allows direct communication between user processes and the network.
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