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On the performance of early packet discard

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2 Author(s)
Casoni, M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO, USA ; Turner, J.S.

In a previous paper, one of the authors gave a worst case analysis for the early packet discard (EPD) technique for maintaining packet integrity during overload in ATM switches. This analysis showed that to ensure 100% goodput during overload under worst case conditions requires a buffer with enough storage for one maximum length packet from every active virtual circuit. This paper refines that analysis, using assumptions that are closer to what we expect to see in practice, and examines how EPD performs when the buffer is not large enough to achieve 100% goodput. We show that 100% goodput can be achieved with substantially smaller buffers than predicted by the worst case analysis, although the required buffer space can be significant when the link speed is substantially higher than the rate of the individual virtual circuits. We also show that high goodputs can be achieved with more modest buffer sizes, but that EPD exhibits anomalies with respect to buffer capacity, in that there are situations in which increasing the amount of buffering can cause the goodput to decrease. These results are validated by comparison with simulation

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Jun 1997

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