Broadcom Smart-Buffer Technology in Data Center Switches for Cost-Effective Performance Scaling of Cloud Applications

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by Broadcom
Cloud and Web 2.0 applications deployed in private and public cloud environments are significantly influencing network infrastructure design due to their increasing scale and performance requirements. A primary design challenge is to deploy network switches that robustly scale application performance cost-effectively. The design of a switch device’s memory management unit (MMU), including its packet buffering resources, is a key element in meeting network design challenges. This white paper explores specific MMU design considerations and characteristics in network switch silicon.

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