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Design Space Exploration of the Dragonfly Topology

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We investigate possible options of creating a Dragonfly topology capable of accommodating a specified number of end-points. We first observe that any Dragonfly topology can be described with two main parameters, imbalance and density, dictating the distribution of routers in groups, and the inter-group connectivity, respectively. We then introduce an algorithm that generates a dragonfly topology by taking the desired number of end-points and these two parameters as input. We calculate a variety of metrics on the generated topologies resulting from a large set of parameter combinations. Based on these metrics, we isolate the subset of topologies that present the best economical and performance trade-off. We conclude by summarizing guidelines for Dragonfly topology design and dimensioning.


  • Topologies
  • Dragonfly
  • Optical interconnects

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Teh, M.Y., Wilke, J.J., Bergman, K., Rumley, S. (2017). Design Space Exploration of the Dragonfly Topology. In: Kunkel, J., Yokota, R., Taufer, M., Shalf, J. (eds) High Performance Computing. ISC High Performance 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 10524. Springer, Cham.

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