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Technical Report UUCS-95-014
Up until now, the primary motivation for flexible presentation has been for programmer convenience and improved interoperability. However, we have found flexible presentation also to be useful for optimization of RPC, and in many cases necessary to achieving maximal performance without throwing out the RPC system and resorting to hand-coded stubs. In this paper we provide examples demonstrating this point for a number of different operating systems and IPC transport mechanisms, with RPC performance improvements ranging from 5% to an order of magnitude. In general, we observe that the more efficient the underlying IPC transport mechanism is, the more important it is for the RPC system to support flexible presentation, in order to avoid unnecessary user-space overhead.
|Topics: Operating Systems Programming Languages||Bryan Ford|