fi_net(7) Libfabric Programmer's Manual
fi_net - The net Fabric Provider
The net provider is a developmental fork of the tcp provider focused on
improving performance and scalability of HPC/AI applications, without
impacting the stability of the tcp provider. It will be merged back into
the tcp provider at a later point in time. See the
fi_tcp(7) man page for additional details on the tcp
The following features are supported
- Endpoint types
- FI_EP_MSG is supported by the net provider. The net provider shares the same msg endpoint protocol as the tcp provider.
FI_EP_RDM is supported directly by the net provider, unlike the tcp provider, which requires the use of the ofi_rxm utility provider. The net provider extends its msg endpoint protocol to support rdm endpoints. As a result, the net provider’s rdm endpoint protocol is not compatible with the ofi_rxm;tcp layered protocol.
- Endpoint capabilities
- The net provider supports FI_MSG, FI_RMA, and FI_TAGGED.
- Shared Rx Context
- The net provider supports shared receive context
- Multi recv buffers
- The net provider supports multi recv buffers
A full list of supported environment variables and their use can be obtained using the fi_info application. For example, “fi_info -g net” will show all environment variables usable with the net provider.