Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

Second Advisor

Dr. Heinrich Foltz

Third Advisor

Dr. Zhixiang Chen


The motivation for this thesis is the desire to build faster and scalable routers that efficiently handle the exponential traffic growth in the Internet. The Internet forwards information through a mesh of routers and switches, which has to keep up with the increasing demands of traffic. Shared-memory based switches are known to provide the best throughput-delay performance for a given memory size. In this thesis performance of commonly used memory-sharing schemes for the shared memory switches are evaluated under balanced and unbalanced bursty traffic. The scalability of shared-memory switches has been a research issue for quite sometime. One approach is to employ multiple memory modules and use them in parallel to enhance the capacity. The two well-known architectures in this category are (i) shared-multibuffer (SMB) switch architecture invented by Yamanaka et al. of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan; and (ii) the sliding-window (SW) switch architecture invented by Dr. Kumar of UTPA, Texas, USA. In this thesis, performance of these two architectures are evaluated and compared. Furthermore, in this thesis, the SW switch architecture is extended to enable priority switching to provide differentiated Quality of Service (QoS) for different traffic classes.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American