This paper proposes a high-speed input and output buffering ATM switch, named the Tandem-Crosspoint (TDXP) switch. The TDXP switch consists of multiple crossbar switch planes. These switch planes are connected in tandem at all crosspoints. The TDXP switch architecture offers several advantages. First, the TDXP switch does not increase the internal line speed in eliminating Head-Of-Line (HOL) blocking. Second, since the TDXP switch employs a simple cell reading algorithm at the input buffer in order to retain the cell sequence, the TDXP switch does not require the cell sequences to be rebuilt at output buffers using time stamps, as is required by a parallel switch. These merits make it easy to implement a high-speed ATM switch. Numerical results show that the TDXP switch can effectively eliminate HOL blocking and achieve high throughput. In addition, we discuss how TDXP switches can be combined to form larger switches in a cost-effective way. We clarify the relative advantages of the crossbar switch configuration and the three-stage Clos switch configuration in achieving a specific throughput. Because the three-stage Clos switch configuration is not strictly non-blocking, we introduce a nearly non-blocking condition and evaluate switch throughput under the condition. The evaluation shows that crossbar switch configuration becomes more cost effective as the throughput of individual switch LSIs, which depends on device technologies, increases.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1997 Jan 1|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1997 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Broadband Switching Systems, BSS'97 - Taipei, China|
Duration: 1997 Dec 2 → 1997 Dec 4
|Other||Proceedings of the 1997 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Broadband Switching Systems, BSS'97|
|Period||97/12/2 → 97/12/4|
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