TRE+: Extended Tree-Based Routing Ethernet

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Executive Summary

Tree-based Routing Ethernet (TRE) is a recent Ethernet architecture that enables shortcut links to improve performance compared to spanning tree protocols. However, TRE can only use shortcuts that arrive directly at bridges located in the branch of the destination. TRE+ extends the topology knowledge of a bridge to 2 hops away, thus unveiling new shortcuts to the destination branch. Simulations show a major performance improvement of TRE+ compared to TRE, with results close to shortest paths in some topologies.

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