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On the stability of local scheduling policies in networks of packet switches with input queues

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4 Author(s)
M. G. A. Marsan ; Dipt. di Elettronica, Torino, Italy ; P. Giaccone ; E. Leonardi ; F. Neri

A significant research effort has been devoted to the design of simple and efficient scheduling policies for input queued (IQ) and combined input-output queued (CIOQ) packet switches. As a result, a number of switch control algorithms have been proposed. Among these, scheduling policies based on maximum weight matching (MWM) were identified as optimal, in the sense that they were proved to achieve 100% throughput under any admissible arrival process satisfying the strong law of large number. On the contrary, it has been shown that the usual MWM policies fail to guarantee 100% throughput in networks of interconnected IQ/CIOQ switches. Hence, new policies suited for networks of interconnected switches were proposed and proved to achieve 100% throughput. All of these new policies require coordination and cooperation among different switches. We identify scheduling policies that require no coordination among switches (and are, thus, said to be local), and that guarantee 100% throughput in a network of IQ/CIOQ switches. The only assumptions on the input traffic pattern are that it is stationary, satisfies the strong law of large numbers and does not oversubscribe any link in the network.

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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 4 )