Heuristic performance model of optical buffers for variable length packets

Heuristic performance model of optical buffers for variable length packets Optical switching (optical packet switching, optical burst switching, and others) provides alternatives to the current switching in backbone networks. To switch optically, also packet buffering is to be done optically, by means of fiber delay lines (FDLs). Characteristic of the resulting optical buffer is the quantization of possible delays: Only delays equal to the length of one of the FDLs can be realized. An important design challenge is the optimization of the delay line lengths for minimal packet loss. To this end, we propose a heuristic based on two existing queueing models: one with quantization and one with impatience. Combined, these models yield an accurate performance modeling heuristic. A key advantage of this heuristic is that it translates the optical buffer problem into two well-known queueing problems, with accurate performance expressions available in the literature. This paper presents the heuristic in detail, together with several figures, comparing the heuristic’s output to existing approaches, validating its high accuracy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Photonic Network Communications Springer Journals

Heuristic performance model of optical buffers for variable length packets

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Computer Science; Computer Communication Networks; Electrical Engineering; Characterization and Evaluation of Materials
ISSN
1387-974X
eISSN
1572-8188
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11107-013-0409-z
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Abstract

Optical switching (optical packet switching, optical burst switching, and others) provides alternatives to the current switching in backbone networks. To switch optically, also packet buffering is to be done optically, by means of fiber delay lines (FDLs). Characteristic of the resulting optical buffer is the quantization of possible delays: Only delays equal to the length of one of the FDLs can be realized. An important design challenge is the optimization of the delay line lengths for minimal packet loss. To this end, we propose a heuristic based on two existing queueing models: one with quantization and one with impatience. Combined, these models yield an accurate performance modeling heuristic. A key advantage of this heuristic is that it translates the optical buffer problem into two well-known queueing problems, with accurate performance expressions available in the literature. This paper presents the heuristic in detail, together with several figures, comparing the heuristic’s output to existing approaches, validating its high accuracy.

Journal

Photonic Network CommunicationsSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 8, 2013

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