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Multi-Terabit/s IP Switching with Guaranteed Service for Streaming Traffic

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2 Author(s)
Mario Baldi ; Politec. di Torino, Torino ; Yoram Ofek

As traffic on the Internet continues to grow exponentially, there is a real need to solve transmission and switching scalability. Moreover, future Internet traffic will be dominated by streaming media flows, such as video-telephony, video-conferencing, 3D video, virtual reality, and many more. Consequently, network solutions will need to offer quality of service and traffic engineering together with the above mentioned scalability - i.e., over-provisioning is not likely be a viable solution to accommodate streaming media traffic. This paper describes the architecture of a ultra-scalable IP switch and the first experiments with a prototypal implementation. The switch scalability is a consequence of it operating pipeline forwarding of packets, which also results in quality of service guarantees for UDP-based streaming applications, while preserving elastic TCP-based traffic as is, i.e., without affecting any existing applications based on "best- effort" services. Moreover, the prototype demonstrates the low complexity of pipeline forwarding implementation as the deployed network gear was realized from off-the-shelf components in only nine months through the design, implementation, and testing efforts of the authors.

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Proceedings IEEE INFOCOM 2006. 25TH IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications

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23-29 April 2006