Output-based shared-memory crosspoint-buffered packet switch for multicast services

Ziqian Dong, Roberto Rojas-Cessa

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The incorporation of broadcast and multimediaon- demand services are expected to increase multicast traffic in packet networks, and therefore in switches and routers. Combined input-crosspoint buffered (CICB) switches can provide high performance under uniform multicast traffic, however, at the expense of N2 crosspoint buffers. In this letter, we propose an output-based shared-memory crosspoint-buffered (O-SMCB) packet switch where the crosspoint buffers are shared by two outputs and use no speedup. The proposed switch provides high performance under admissible uniform and nonuniform multicast traffic models while using 50% of the memory used in CICB switches. Furthermore, the O-SMCB switch provides higher throughput than an SMCB switch with buffers shared by inputs, or I-SMCB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1001-1003
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Buffered crossbar
  • Buffered crosspoint
  • Multicast
  • Packet switch
  • Shared memory


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