Transputer models for a high-performance local area network bridge
Authors: Sarrafan, A. M., Welch, Peter H.
Bridges interconnecting Local Area Networks can experience heavy loads. Traditional implementations of such devices have typically achieved high throughput rates by implementing the device at low protocol levels, thus keeping the functionality of the device quite simple in nature. For bridges that are required to have a higher degree of intelligence and for gateways between different networking technologies (which must be implemented at higher protocol levels), the problem is to maintain high throughput rates in a processing intensive component This paper describes an expandable and parallel solution to the problem. The methodology is demonstrated in an occam implementation of a Cambridge Ring bridge. The prototype is tested on several different transputer configurations and the results are reported. To put the figures into context, performance figures for an equivalent sequential implementation, currently operational at the University of Kent, are also quoted.
OUG-12: Tools and Techniques for Transputer Applications, Stephen J. Turner, 1990, pp 111 - 121 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam
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