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A neural-network packet switch controller: scalability, performance, and network optimization

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4 Author(s)
Symington, K.J. ; Dept. of Phys., Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh, UK ; Waddie, A.J. ; Taghizadeh, M.R. ; Snowdon, J.F.

We examine a novel combination of architecture and algorithm for a packet switch controller that incorporates an experimentally implemented optically interconnected neural network. The network performs scheduling decisions based on incoming packet requests and priorities. We show how and why, by means of simulation, the move from a continuous to a discrete algorithm has improved both network performance and scalability. The system's limitations are examined and conclusions drawn as to its maximum scalability and throughput based on today's technologies.

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Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 1 )