The Crosspoint-Queued Switch

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The Crosspoint-Queued Switch
Abstract—This paper calls for rethinking packet-switch architectures by cutting all dependencies between the switch fabric and the linecards. Most single-stage packet-switch architectures rely on an instantaneous communication between the switch fabric and the linecards. Today, however, this assumption is breaking down, because effective propagation times are too high and keep increasing with the line rates. In this paper, we argue for a self-sufficient switch fabric by moving all the buffering from the linecards to the switch fabric. We introduce the crosspoint-queued (CQ) switch, a new bufferedcrossbar switch architecture with large crosspoint buffers and no input queues, and show how it can be readily implemented in a single SRAM-based chip using current technology. For a crosspoint buffer size of one, we provide a closed-form throughput formula for all work-conserving schedules under uniform Bernoulli i.i.d. arrivals. Furthermore, we study the performance of the switch for large...
Josef Kanizo, David Hay, Isaac Keslassy
Added 24 May 2010
Updated 24 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Josef Kanizo, David Hay, Isaac Keslassy
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