Traditional ECMP or equal cost multipath loadbalances traffic over a number of available paths towards a destination. When one path fails, the traffic gets re-shuffled over the available number of paths.
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The NCS 5500 uses an innovative design to provide deep buffering while maintaining high performance and power efficiency. This paper explores this design and shows its strengths over traditional forwarding architectures. It also will address criticism of these optimizations coming from other vendors.