Title page for ETD etd-07102009-040559
|Type of Document
||An access layer protocol for parallel networks
||Master of Science
|Midkiff, Scott F.
|Davis, Nathaniel J. IV
- Parallel processing (Electronic computers)
|Date of Defense
Parallelism can be applied to local area networks to achieve higher data rates using
existing hardware technologies. Parallelism can be employed at the different layers of the
Open Systems Interconnection (OS1) reference model. This research proposes and
analyzes a technique that permits the use of different degrees of parallelism at different
protocol layers. A new protocol layer, called the access layer is defined. The protocol
and functionality for this layer are defined. The definitions make provision for
incorporating an error correction coding procedure known as cross channel coding. A
software simulator was built for the proposed parallel network. The simulator has a
detailed model of the access layer and was used to verify the functionality defined for the
access layer and to estimate the performance of the parallel network. The simulation
results indicate that although the access layer processes data in serial, it is not a bottleneck
in the parallel system. Other insights obtained from the experiments are also presented.
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