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Recent research in switching has concentrated on various forms of statistical switching networks capable of supporting user connections of arbitrary bandwidth. Fast packet switching is one approach that has gained a lot of attention and is being studied by many researchers. This paper addresses the problem of how the configuration of user connections affects the loading of the internal links of a switching fabric used for fast packet switching. It introduces a systematic method of analyzing the effects of a given traffic configuration and applies this method to the analysis of several proposed switching architectures. While the method does not completely characterized the performance of these networks, it does provide a useful first-order characterization and is a valuable adjunct to queueing and simulation models.
Turner, Jonathan S., "Fluid Flow Loading Analysis of Packet Switching Networks" Report Number: WUCS-87-16 (1987). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.