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Many parallel computing environments utilize cluster based architecture for large scale computing owing to the ease of their availability. As the cluster based approach may be used extensively, the interconnection mechanism plays a vital role in the performance of the system. The globally coupled class of problem is generally not amenable with the cluster based approach due to its substantial demand for communication across the architecture. In this paper the authors present a timing analysis of standard cluster based communication devices viz, Ethernet, InfiniBand and the custom designed Floswitch.
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