Connectionless traffic and variable packet size support in high speed network switches : improvements for the delay-limiter switch

Akçasoy, Alican
Quality of Service (QoS) support for real-time traffic is a critical issue in high speed networks. The previously proposed Delay-Limiter Switch working with the Framed-Deadline Scheduler (FDS) is a combined input-output queuing (CIOQ) packet switch that can provide end-to-end bandwidth and delay guarantees for connection-oriented traffic. The Delay-Limiter Switch works with fixed-size packets. It has a scalable architecture and can provide QoS support for connection-oriented real-time traffic in a low-complexity fashion. The Delay-Limiter Switch serves connectionless traffic by using the remaining resources from the connection-oriented traffic. In this case, efficient management of the residual resources plays an important role on the performance of the connectionless traffic. This thesis work integrates new methods to the Delay-Limiter Switch that can improve the performance of the connectionless traffic while still serving the connection-oriented traffic with the promised QoS guarantees. A new method that makes it possible for the Delay-Limiter Switch to support variable-sized packets is also proposed.


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A. Akçasoy, “Connectionless traffic and variable packet size support in high speed network switches : improvements for the delay-limiter switch ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.