Shared buffer switches consist of a memory pool completely shared among output ports of a switch. Shared buffer switches achieve low packet loss performance as buffer space is allocated in a flexible manner. However, this type of buffered switches suffers from high packet losses when the input traffic is imbalanced and bursty. Heavily loaded output ports dominate the usage of shared memory and lightly loaded ports cannot have access to these buffers.
To regulate the lengths of very active queues and avoid performance degradations, threshold‐based dynamic buffer management policy, decay function threshold, is proposed in this paper. Decay function threshold is a per‐queue threshold scheme that uses a tailored threshold for each output port queue. This scheme… suggests that buffer space occupied by an output port decays as the queue size of this port increases and/or empty buffer space decreases.
Results have shown that decay function threshold policy is as good as well‐known dynamic thresholds scheme, and more robust when multicast traffic is used. The main advantage of using this policy is that besides best‐effort traffic it provides support to quality of service (QoS) traffic by using an integrated buffer management and scheduling framework. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.