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Paper ID: 1394

Reliable Multicast for the Grid: a comparison of protocol implementations
M,Barcellos J,Brooke M,Daw M,Nekovee S,Olafsson

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2004 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2004/
Page Numbers:601 - 608
Publisher: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Year: 2004
ISBN/ISSN: 1-904425-21-6
Contributing Organisation(s):
Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2004/proceedings/papers/208.pdf

Abstract: Many Grid applications can benefit from reliable multicast (RM). One example is a simulation that generates Terabytes of data, which needs to be reliably transmitted to multiple visualization servers (and archiving machines), and from these to clients. There has been much research on scalable RM protocols, and the literature has many examples of protocols and analytical/simulation comparisons. Unlike previous work, this paper describes an experimental evaluation of a selected set of reliable multicast protocol implementations, in the context of Grid applications. The experiments are performed on UK’s high-speed academic network SuperJanet. Our results show that the use of these protocols greatly reduces the network overhead that is incurred in point-to-multipoint transfers using TCP. However, we found that the current implementation of the protocols fail to satisfy the high-throughput requirements of the Grid.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2004


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