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Framework for analysis of guaranteed QOS systems
Author(s): Shailender Chaudhry; Alok Choudhary
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Paper Abstract

Multimedia data is isochronous in nature and entails managing and delivering high volumes of data. Multiprocessors with their large processing power, vast memory, and fast interconnects, are an ideal candidate for the implementation of multimedia applications. Initially, multiprocessors were designed to execute scientific programs and thus their architecture was optimized to provide low message latency and efficiently support regular communication patterns. Hence, they have a regular network topology and most use wormhole routing. The design offers the benefits of a simple router, small buffer size, and network latency that is almost independent of path length. Among the various multimedia applications, video on demand (VOD) server is well-suited for implementation using parallel multiprocessors. Logical models for VOD servers are presently mapped onto multiprocessors. Our paper provides a framework for calculating bounds on utilization of system resources with which QoS parameters for each isochronous stream can be guaranteed. Effects of the architecture of multiprocessors, and efficiency of various local models and mapping on particular architectures can be investigated within our framework. Our framework is based on rigorous proofs and provides tight bounds. The results obtained may be used as the basis for admission control tests. To illustrate the versatility of our framework, we provide bounds on utilization for various logical models applied to mesh connected architectures for a video on demand server. Our results show that worm hole routing can lead to packets waiting for transmission of other packets that apparently share no common resources. This situation is analogous to head-of-the-line blocking. We find that the provision of multiple VCs per link and multiple flit buffers improves utilization (even under guaranteed QoS parameters). This analogous to parallel iterative matching.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 1997
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2915, Video Techniques and Software for Full-Service Networks, (17 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263393
Show Author Affiliations
Shailender Chaudhry, Syracuse Univ. (United States)
Alok Choudhary, Syracuse Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2915:
Video Techniques and Software for Full-Service Networks
Andrew G. Tescher; Tzi-cker Chiueh, Editor(s)

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