Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2001

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering - (Ph.D.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Nirwan Ansari

Second Advisor

Stephen Israel

Third Advisor

Edwin Hou

Fourth Advisor

Sirin Tekinay

Fifth Advisor

Symeon Papavassiliou


The virtual output queued (VOQ) switching architecture was adopted for high speed switch implementation owing to its scalability and high throughput. An ideal VOQ algorithm should provide Quality of Service (QoS) with low complexity. However, none of the existing algorithms can meet these requirements.

Several algorithms for VOQ switches are introduced in this dissertation in order to improve upon existing algorithms in terms of implementation or QoS features. Initially, the earliest due date first matching (EDDFM) algorithm, which is stable for both uniform and non-uniform traffic patterns, is proposed. EDDFM has lower probability of cell overdue than other existing maximum weight matching algorithms. Then, the shadow departure time algorithm (SDTA) and iterative SDTA (ISDTA) are introduced. The QoS features of SDTA and ISDTA are better than other existing algorithms with the same computational complexity. Simulations show that the performance of a VOQ switch using ISDTA with a speedup of 1.5 is similar to that of an output queued (OQ) switch in terms of cell delay and throughput. Later, the enhanced Birkhoff-von Neumann decomposition (EBVND) algorithm based on the Birkhoff-von Neumann decomposition (BVND) algorithm, which can provide rate and cell delay guarantees, is introduced. Theoretical analysis shows that the performance of EBVND is better than BVND in terms of throughput and cell delay. Finally, the maximum credit first (MCF), the Enhanced MCF (EMCF), and the iterative MCF (IMCF) algorithms are presented. These new algorithms have the similar performance as BNVD, yet are easier to implement in practice.



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