SCI Multiprocessor PC Cluster in a WindowsNT Environment

Experiences and performance results of a multiprocessor cluster consisting of personal computers connected with PCI communication cards based on the SCI communication standard are presented. The SCI communication technology enables remote memory access to the physically distributed memory of the cluster from all over the network. The standard operating system WindowsNT extended with a small interface for the remote memory access is used on all computer systems. This paper briely describes the main characteristics of the evolving SCI technology and the applied hardware. Several SCI communication topologies are studied. Performance measurements and the achieved benchmark results are presented.

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