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