Libfabric for the Aries Network

The libfabric provider, shown as the bottom-most layer in Fig. 1, is responsible for mapping the libfabric APIs to the underlying system. In this section we give an overview of the implementation of the libfabric API utilized by SOS. We refer readers to previous work for further details on the implementation [7,24].

The provider implementation for the Aries interconnect utilizes the Generic Network Interface (uGNI) library [8], a low-level interface that exposes the capabilities of the Aries NIC. The uGNI provider utilizes the Aries NIC’s fast memory access (FMA) hardware for small messages, as well as the bulk transfer engine (BTE) for offloading large message transfers. FMA descriptors are used to initiate remote loads, stores and atomic operations. FMA descriptors are bound to local Aries hardware-provided completion queues (hCQ) to enable notifications for the completion of remote memory access.

Addressing and Memory Registration

The uGNI provider supports both the OFI map and table address vector (AV) modes. For both modes, the address entry is represented by the uGNI device address and an identifier for utilizing the hardware protection, in combination with information about the endpoint and RDMA credentials. AV map mode uses a hash table to store address entries, whereas AV table mode uses a growable vector of address entries.

The uGNI provider supports the OFI basic memory registration (MR) mode, including a configurable memory registration cache. Memory regions are registered with uGNI via a call to uGNLMemRegister, which returns a handle that is encoded in the key for the memory region. The memory registrations are stored in a red-black tree for fast access in cases where an existing registration satisfies the requested memory region. To further reduce the number of registrations with uGNI, all registrations are rounded up to the nearest page size. Additionally, adjacent memory regions are coalesced into a single, larger entry to further reduce the number of registrations. The memory registration cache also supports lazy deregistration when a memory region is closed. Lazy deregistration holds on to the uGNI memory handle until a configurable limit is reached, after which memory regions are deregistered via a call to uGNLMemDeregister.

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