Experiences with a high-speed network adaptor: A software perspective

Peter Druschel, Larry Lee Peterson, Bruce S. Davie

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Abstract

This paper describes our experiences, from a software perspective, with the OSIRIS network adaptor. It first identifies the problems we encountered while programming OSIRIS and optimizing network performance, and outlines how we either addressed them in the software, or had to modify the hardware. It then describes the opportunities provided by OSIRIS that we were able to exploit in the host operating system (OS); opportunities that suggested techniques for making the OS more effective in delivering network data to application programs. The most novel of these techniques, called application device channels, gives application programs running in user space direct access to the adaptor. The paper concludes with the lessons drawn from this work, which we believe will benefit the designers of future network adaptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Communications Architectures, Protocols and Applications, SIGCOMM 1994
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages2-13
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)0897916824, 9780897916820
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1994
Event1994 Conference on Communications Architectures, Protocols and Applications, SIGCOMM 1994 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 31 1994Sep 2 1994

Other

Other1994 Conference on Communications Architectures, Protocols and Applications, SIGCOMM 1994
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period8/31/949/2/94

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture

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    Druschel, P., Peterson, L. L., & Davie, B. S. (1994). Experiences with a high-speed network adaptor: A software perspective. In Proceedings of the Conference on Communications Architectures, Protocols and Applications, SIGCOMM 1994 (pp. 2-13). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/190314.190315