Latency Verification System Within a Multi-Interface Point-To-Point Switching System (MIPPSS)
Patent Application, Filed 18 Sep 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A multi-interface point-to-point switching system includes a plurality of IO ports coupled to a plurality of respective devices, a switching fabric that selectively delivers each of a plurality of different signals from a selected one of the IO ports coupled to a sending one of the devices to another selected one of the IO ports coupled to a receiving one of the devices, to thereby establish respective connections between the sending and receiving devices, and a controller that determines the latency of all possible signal paths that are presently available for each connection to be established, selects the lowest-latency signal path for each connection that it determines is presently available, and then configures the switching fabric to establish the selected signal path for each connection. According to one aspect of the invention, the switching fabric provides a fixed, low latency signal path for each connection whereby the latency of that connection is deterministic and predictable. Moreover, the switching system ensures that the data content of the signal delivered via that connection is not analyzed by the switching fabric, i.e., the switching fabric operates in a message-independent manner.
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