Chapter 2. Basics of Packet Switching

  1. H. Jonathan Chao Ph.D.1,
  2. Cheuk H. Lam Ph.D.2 and
  3. Eiji Oki Ph.D.3

Published Online: 18 FEB 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0471224405.ch2

Broadband Packet Switching Technologies: A Practical Guide to ATM Switches and IP Routers

Broadband Packet Switching Technologies: A Practical Guide to ATM Switches and IP Routers

How to Cite

Chao, H. J., Lam, C. H. and Oki, E. (2002) Basics of Packet Switching, in Broadband Packet Switching Technologies: A Practical Guide to ATM Switches and IP Routers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471224405.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, USA

  2. 2

    Lucent Technologies, Inc., Landover, Maryland, USA

  3. 3

    NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories, Tokyo, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2002
  2. Published Print: 1 SEP 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471004547

Online ISBN: 9780471224402

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Keywords:

  • packet switching;
  • blocking/non-blocking;
  • head-of-line blocking;
  • output port contention;
  • multicasting;
  • time-division switching;
  • space-division switching;
  • buffering;
  • throughput;
  • cell loss probability

Summary

Chapter 2 classifies packet switching architectures into different categories and compares them in performance and implementation complexity. It also covers terminologies, concepts, issues, solutions, and approaches of designing packet switches at a high level so that readers can grasp the basics before getting into the details in the following chapters.