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Multi-planed unified switching topologies

United States Patent

July 4, 2017
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An apparatus and method for extending the scalability and improving the partitionability of networks that contain all-to-all links for transporting packet traffic from a source endpoint to a destination endpoint with low per-endpoint (per-server) cost and a small number of hops. An all-to-all wiring in the baseline topology is decomposed into smaller all-to-all components in which each smaller all-to-all connection is replaced with star topology by using global switches. Stacking multiple copies of the star topology baseline network creates a multi-planed switching topology for transporting packet traffic. Point-to-point unified stacking method using global switch wiring methods connects multiple planes of a baseline topology by using the global switches to create a large network size with a low number of hops, i.e., low network latency. Grouped unified stacking method increases the scalability (network size) of a stacked topology.
Chen; Dong (Scarsdale, NY), Heidelberger; Philip (Cortlandt Manor, NY), Sugawara; Yutaka (Eastchester, NY)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
14/ 982,547
December 29, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.