[Beowulf] Mutiple IB networks in one cluster
lindahl at pbm.com
Thu Feb 6 19:56:49 PST 2014
I'm saying that's what the definition of a Clos network is,
and that's the only situation in which it's "non-blocking".
People buy clusters with all kinds of network configurations.
On Thu, Feb 06, 2014 at 09:51:10PM -0600, Alan Louis Scheinine wrote:
> When I wrote "the number of nonblocking connections is typically
> much less than the number of nodes" I had in mind the telephone
> network (in the age of copper wires). Are you sure that "1/2 the
> nodes can make a single call to the other 1/2 of the nodes" is
> typical of a computer interconnect? I thought that the typical
> cross-sectional bandwidth was less, or am I mistaken?
> Alan Scheinine
> Greg Lindahl wrote:
>> In the usual Clos network, 1/2 of the nodes can make a single call to
>> the other 1/2 of the nodes. That's what's non-blocking. Nothing else
>> is. Running any real code, every node talks to more than one other
>> node, and the network is not non-blocking.
>> It makes perfect sense in a telephone network. In the real world, a
>> Clos network is good but not non-blocking.
>> On Wed, Feb 05, 2014 at 06:31:11PM -0600, Alan Louis Scheinine wrote:
>>> Clos is non-blocking up to a certain number of completed connections.
>>> The number of nonblocking connections is typically much less than
>>> the number of nodes for which the Clos network provides service.
>>> Anybody can make a telephone call to anybody else, up until the
>>> maximum number of completed connections is reached.
>>>> At least that is what Chuck Seitz drove into our heads whenever we said that a Clos was non-blocking. :-)
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