The Virtual Interface Architecture (Chapter 1 Excerpt)


In December of 1997, Intel, Compaq, and Microsoft, with the help of over 100 contributing industry organizations, published the Virtual Interface Ar-chitecture Specification to provide an industry standard interface for high per-formance cluster communications.

Clusters of standard servers are becoming a cost-effective alternative to large mainframe computers, and high performance communication between servers is required for clusters to scale in capacity and performance. The Vir-tual Interface Architecture (VIA) provides the standard for efficient cluster communications required to achieve a critical mass of cluster middleware and application development.

How does the Virtual Interface Architecture meet these needs? And what are its fundamental underlying concepts? How can applications benefit from the capabilities of VIA? This book is intended as the definitive guide to an-swer these questions.

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