A system and method of transferring information between a peripheral device and an MPP system having an interconnect network and a plurality of processing nodes. Each processing element includes a processor, local memory and a router circuit connected to the interconnect network, the processor and the local memory. Each router circuit includes means for transferring data between the processor and the interconnect network and means for transferring data between the local memory and the interconnect network. An I/O controller is connected to a plurality of the router circuits. Data is then read from the peripheral device and transferred through the I/O controller to local memory of one of the processing elements.