Argonne National Laboratory

Evaluation of ConnectX Virtual Protocol Interconnect for Data Centers

TitleEvaluation of ConnectX Virtual Protocol Interconnect for Data Centers
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsGrant, RE, Afsahi, A, Balaji, P
Conference NameProceedings of the 2009 15th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems
Date Published08/2009
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P1672-0909

<p>With the emergence of new technologies such as Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) for the modern data center, the separation between commodity networking technology and high-performance interconnects is shrinking. With VPI, a single network adapter on a data center server can easily be configured to use one port to interface with Ethernet traffic and another port to interface with high-bandwidth, low latency InfiniBand technology. In this paper, we evaluate ConnectX VPI using microbenchmarks as well as real traces from a three-tier data center architecture. We find that with VPI each network segment in the data center can use the most optimal configuration (whether InfiniBand or Ethernet) without having to fall back to the lowest common denominator, as is currently the case. Our results show a maximum 26.7% increase in bandwidth, a 54.5% reduction in latency, and a 5% increase in real data center throughput.</p>