Optimizing Slot Utilization and Network Topology for Communication Pattern on Circuit-Switched Parallel Computing Systems

Yao HU
Michihiro KOIBUCHI

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E102-D    No.2    pp.247-260
Publication Date: 2019/02/01
Publicized: 2018/11/16
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2018EDP7225
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Fundamentals of Information Systems
parallel computing,  interconnection network,  circuit switching,  time division multiplexing (TDM),  end-to-end latency,  

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In parallel computing systems, the interconnection network forms the critical infrastructure which enables robust and scalable communication between hundreds of thousands of nodes. The traditional packet-switched network tends to suffer from long communication time when network congestion occurs. In this context, we explore the use of circuit switching (CS) to replace packet switches with custom hardware that supports circuit-based switching efficiently with low latency. In our target CS network, a certain amount of bandwidth is guaranteed for each communication pair so that the network latency can be predictable when a limited number of node pairs exchange messages. The number of allocated time slots in every switch is a direct factor to affect the end-to-end latency, we thereby improve the slot utilization and develop a network topology generator to minimize the number of time slots optimized to target applications whose communication patterns are predictable. By a quantitative discrete-event simulation, we illustrate that the minimum necessary number of slots can be reduced to a small number in a generated topology by our design methodology while maintaining network cost 50% less than that in standard tori topologies.