Mars: Near-Optimal Throughput with Shallow Buffers in Reconfigurable Datacenter Networks.

Vamsi Addanki, Chen Avin, Stefan Schmid

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The performance of large-scale computing systems often critically depends on high-performance communication networks. Dynamically reconfigurable topologies, e.g., based on optical circuit switches, are emerging as an innovative new technology to deal with the explosive growth of datacenter traffic. Specifically, periodic reconfigurable datacenter networks (RDCNs) such as RotorNet (SIGCOMM 2017), Opera (NSDI 2020) and Sirius (SIGCOMM 2020) have been shown to provide high throughput, by emulating a complete graph through fast periodic circuit switch scheduling. However, to achieve such a high throughput, existing reconfigurable network designs pay a high price: in terms of potentially high delays, but also, as we show as a first contribution in this paper, in terms of the high buffer requirements. In particular, we show that under buffer constraints, emulating the high-throughput complete-graph is infeasible at scale, and we uncover a spectrum of unvisited and attractive alternative RDCNs, which emulate regular graphs of lower node degree.
We present Mars, a periodic reconfigurable topology which emulates a d-regular graph with near-optimal throughput. In particular, we systematically analyze how the degree d can be optimized for throughput given the available buffer and delay tolerance of the datacenter.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 28 Dec 2022


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