Evaluation of Speedup and Expansion in Terabit Switch Fabrics

Sarah Renée Ruepp, Andreas Rytlig, Michael Stübert Berger, Henrik Wessing, Anna Manolova Fagertun, Hao Yu, Anders Rasmussen

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    This paper evaluates speedup and expansion in a multi-stage Terabit switch fabric. Single-stage switch fabrics, e.g. crossbar switches, are difficult to scale up to a Terabit system. Hence, a multi-stage switch fabric, where traffic can be distributed on different chips, offers a promising perspective. We evaluate buffer usage, number of out-of-sequence cells and fabric delay. Simulation results obtained in OPNET Modeler show that speedup outperforms expansion and that both approaches significantly gain from applying an output line speedup. By reducing the buffer usage in the middle stage, fewer cells arrive out-of-sequence and hence the need for re-sequencing is decreased as well.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of OPNETWORK 2011
    Number of pages6
    Publication date2011
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventOPNETWORK 2011 - Washington DC, United States
    Duration: 29 Aug 20111 Sept 2011


    ConferenceOPNETWORK 2011
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWashington DC
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