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A high-performance switch fabric for integrated circuit and packet switching

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4 Author(s)
Ahmadi, H. ; IBM Zurich Res. Lab., Ruschlikon, Switzerland ; Denzel, W.E. ; Murphy, C.A. ; Port, E.

An architecture is described for a high-performance switching fabric that can accommodate circuit-switched and packet-switched traffic in a unified manner. The switch fabric is self-routing and uses fixed-length minipackets within the switching fabric for all types of connections. Its architecture provides full input/output connectivity paths with FIFO (first-in-first-out) queueing at each output. The connection paths are non-overlapping, so there is no internal blocking. Because of output queueing, there is also practically no output port blocking. The uniformity in architecture allows the construction of any size fabric from a single basic module which could be realized on a single chip. Larger-size configurations can be realized either as single-stage configuration.<>

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INFOCOM '88. Networks: Evolution or Revolution, Proceedings. Seventh Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communcations Societies, IEEE

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27-31 March 1988