This paper presents a Media Access Control (MAC) protocol for a WDM passive optical star. The protocol supports scalable service differentiation for Internet traffic in the spirit of the IETF's Diffserv architecture. We describe the functional elements of the protocol (signaling, arbitration, service disciplines and buffer management techniques) and the way they interact to support the Diffserv's Expedited Forwarding (EF) PHB and Assured Forwarding (AF) PHB group, where PHB stands for Per-Hop-Behavior. Extensive simulation results give quantitative estimations of the performance of the protocol under combined EF/AF traffic.
Photonic Network Communications – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 9, 2004
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