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Tiny Tera is a small packet switch with an aggregate bandwidth of approximately 1 terabit per second. The CMOS-based, input-queued, fixed-size packet switch suits a wide range of applications such as a high-performance ATM switch, the core of an Internet router, or as a fast multiprocessor interconnect. Using off-the-shelf technology, we plan to demonstrate that a very high bandwidth switch can be built without the need for esoteric optical switching technology. By employing novel scheduling algorithms for both unicast and multicast traffic, the switch will have a maximum throughput close to 100%. Using novel high-speed, chip-to-chip serial link technology, we plan to reduce the physical size and complexity of the switch, as well as the system pin count.
Packing switching, Internet routing, interconnects, optical switching, multicast transmission
Nick McKeown, Martin Izzard, Adisak Mekkittikul, William Ellersick, Mark Horowitz, "Tiny Tera: A Packet Switch Core", IEEE Micro, vol. 17, no. , pp. 26-33, January/February 1997, doi:10.1109/40.566194
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