The Route towards the ultimate network topology
Document typeConference report
PublisherBarcelona Supercomputing Center
Rights accessOpen Access
In this talk I will try to summarize our quest for a realizable network topology that optimizes performance, cost, power consumption and partitionability. We have explored Fat Trees, Dragonflies, variations of dragonflies, Orthogonal Fat Trees, multi-layer HyperX's, Multi-layer Full Meshes and close-to Moore's (graph) bound topologies in an attempt to decide, with the best routing we could find, for a reasonable task-placement, and for a collection of workloads (synthetic and real-world), which topology to choose. Whereas a final decision for a single 'ultimate' topology remains elusive, the route towards it took us to unexpected paths that lead to the discovery of new insights in topology design and properties and in design of routing schemes.
CitationRodriguez, German. The Route towards the ultimate network topology. A: 2nd Severo Ochoa Research Seminar Lectures at BSC, Barcelona, 2015-2016. "Book of abstracts". Barcelona: Barcelona Supercomputing Center, 2016, p. 22.