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Switch Fabrics and Bus Design

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Switch fabrics and buses are pathways on computing and network devices that provide chip-to-chip, adapter-to-adapter, or device-to-device pathways for transferring information within computing and network devices.

This topic continues in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications" with a discussion of the following:

  • Where switching fabrics are implemented, including servers, multiprocessing systems, telephony switches, and networking switches.
  • Bus and switch design overview
  • PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)
  • Non-blocking and wirespeed devices
  • Shared memory architectures
  • Shared bus architectures
  • Switching (crossbar) fabrics (point-to-point switching fabrics)
  • The RACE switching fabric by Mercury Computer Systems
  • Bus standards
  • PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)
  • PCI-X (PCI extension)
  • PCI bottleneck problems
  • Virtual PCI on switching fabrics
  • CPCI (CompactPCI)
  • VMEbus (Versa Module Eurocard bus)
  • Mezzanines (Daughterboards)
  • Switching architectures
  • Use of LVDS (low-voltage differential signaling)
  • RapidIO switched-fabric interconnect architecture for chip-to-chip- and board-to-board- level system designs
  • Fibre Channel and Qlogic's SANbox multistage cross-connect fabric
  • InfiniBand
  • Other bus and switching standards, including I2O, VI Architecture, and CSIX (Common Switch Interface)

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