A comparative study of switching methods in multicomputer networks

Geyong Min*, Mohamed Ould-Khaoua

*Corresponding author for this work

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The switching method determines the way messages visit intermediate routers, and has a great impact on network performance. This paper conducts an extensive comparative performance analysis, by means of analytical modelling, of three well-known switching methods proposed for multicomputer networks, namely wormhole switching, circuit switching, and pipelined circuit switching. The results reveal that wormhole switching is the most efficient when messages are short. Pipelined circuit switching can perform better than circuit switching and provides superior performance over wormhole switching when messages are relatively long.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-238
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Supercomputing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002


  • Circuit switching
  • Interconnection networks
  • Message latency
  • Performance modelling/analysis
  • Pipelined circuit switching
  • Wormhole switching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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