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Computer and Communication Networks, Second Edition by Nader F. Mir

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Chapter 12. Advanced Router and Switch Architectures

The obvious compelling reason why we need to profoundly know about the internal structure of advanced routers and switches is that the Internet, and especially its backbone, consist of structured advanced and high-speed switches and routers. In this chapter, we proceed to learn the architectures of advanced switches and routers. Recall that Chapter 2 presented an overview of switching and routing devices. This chapter presents in greater detail how the components of such devices are integrated with each other. We especially analyze several core switching segments of these devices and introduce several topologies. This chapter explores the following topics:

Overview of router architecture ...

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