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Coolcams: power-efficient TCAMs for forwarding engines

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3 Author(s)
Zane, F. ; Lucent Technol. Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ, USA ; Narlikar, G. ; Basu, A.

Ternary content-addressable memories (TCAMs) are becoming very popular for designing high-throughput forwarding engines on routers: they are fast, cost-effective and simple to manage. However, a major drawback of TCAMs is their high power consumption. This paper presents architectures and algorithms for making TCAM-based routing tables more power efficient. The proposed architectures and algorithms are simple to implement, use commodity TCAMs, and provide worst-case power consumption guarantees (independent of routing table contents).

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INFOCOM 2003. Twenty-Second Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications. IEEE Societies  (Volume:1 )

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30 March-3 April 2003