A Deadlock Avoidance Method for Computer Networks

A deadlock avoidance method that minimizes the number of turn restrictions in wormhole routed networks is described. Fewer restrictions generally result in lower message latency and higher network bandwidth. The method is based on recursive partitioning of a graph model of the network and then removing interpartition edges to eliminate cycles. The method is applicable to a variety of network topologies including bidirectional multistage networks (BMIN), hypercubes, meshes, and irregular networks. In comparison to other algorithms, the method produces fewer or same number of turn restrictions on a set of benchmark networks.

By: Bulent Abali

Published in: RC20644 in 1996


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