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On QFX5K platforms all packets which enters ingress pipeline will be stored at central MMU packet buffers before it egress. Packet buffers are required for burst absorption, packet replication and for multiple other use cases. Without packet buffers bursty traffic will get tail dropped and leads to poor network performance. Excess burst might be received on egress port under below scenarios.
· Multiple ingress ports sending traffic to single egress port.
· Traffic from high speed ingress ports to low speed egress ports.
Packet buffers also essential to implement various congestion management applications like Priority flow control (PFC), Explicit congestion notification (ECN) & WRED.
QFX5K data-centre switches has shallow on-chip buffer. These switches use Broadcom's Trident and Tomahawk series ASIC. This shallow on-chip buffer provides low latency packet forwarding. Managing this limited packet buffer among different