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A Partially Buffered Crossbar packet switching architecture and its scheduling

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A Partially Buffered Crossbar packet switching architecture and its scheduling
The crossbar fabric is widely used as the interconnect of high-performance packet switches due to its low cost and scalability. There are two main variants of the crossbar fabric: unbuffered and internally buffered. On one hand, unbuffered crossbar fabric switches exhibit the advantage of using no internal buffers. However, they require a centralized and complex scheduler. Internally buffered crossbar fabric switches, on the other hand, overcome the scheduling complexity by means of distributed schedulers. However, they require expensive internal buffers —one per crosspoint. In this paper we propose a novel architecture, namely the Partially Buffered Crossbar (PBC) switching architecture, where a small number of separate internal buffers are maintained per output. Our goal is to design a PBC switch having the performance of buffered crossbars and a cost comparable to that of unbuffered crossbars. We propose a class of round-robin scheduling algorithms for the PBC switch. Simulations...
Lotfi Mhamdi
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ISCC
Authors Lotfi Mhamdi
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