A General Expansion Architecture for Large-Scale Multicast ATM Switches

Sung Hyuk BYUN  Dan Keun SUNG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E80-B   No.11   pp.1671-1679
Publication Date: 1997/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Switching and Communication Processing
general expansion architecture,  large-scale,  multicast,  ATM switch,  

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This paper proposes a general expansion architecture for constructing large-scale multicast ATM switches with any type of small multicast switch, called the multicast Universal Multistage Interconnection Network (multicast UniMIN). The proposed architecture consists of a buffered distribution network that can perform cell routing and replication simultaneously, and a column of output switch modules (OSMs). The adoption of channel grouping and virtual first-in-first-out (FIFO) buffers results in high delay/throughput performance, and the distributed lookup table scheme for multicast addressing greatly reduces the size of a single lookup table. Analytical and simulation results show that high delay/throughput performance is obtained for both unicast and multicast traffic, and the proposed architecture yields an even better performance for multicast traffic than for unicast traffic. In addition, the multicast UniMIN switch has such good features as modular expandability, simple hardware, and no internal speed-up operation.