On the performance of different node configurations in multi-fiber optical packet-switched networks

On the performance of different node configurations in multi-fiber optical packet-switched networks With the development of optical packet-switching (OPS) technologies, multi-fiber OPS networks will play an important role in the future data transmissions. In such networks, instead of constructing some extremely expensive node configurations with strictly non-blocking switching function, a more practical solution is multi-board switches that contain a number of small-sized switching boards. In this article, we have evaluated the performance of several different multi-board switches, based on the following two main objectives: (i) better understanding the effects of different connection schemes between switching boards and optical buffers and (ii) investigating possible schemes for achieving comparable performance to that of the ideal, strictly non-blocking switches. Extensive simulation results have shown that unlike circuit-switched net- works, multi-board OPS cannot easily perform comparably to the strictly non-blocking switch by having slightly more fibers per link. Also, such a problem can be tackled by several different approaches. The most efficient one is to equip the switch with more buffers rather than to increase the switching-board size or to enhance the buffer sharing between different switching boards. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Photonic Network Communications Springer Journals

On the performance of different node configurations in multi-fiber optical packet-switched networks

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Computer Science; Computer Communication Networks; Electrical Engineering; Characterization and Evaluation of Materials
ISSN
1387-974X
eISSN
1572-8188
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11107-006-0039-9
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Abstract

With the development of optical packet-switching (OPS) technologies, multi-fiber OPS networks will play an important role in the future data transmissions. In such networks, instead of constructing some extremely expensive node configurations with strictly non-blocking switching function, a more practical solution is multi-board switches that contain a number of small-sized switching boards. In this article, we have evaluated the performance of several different multi-board switches, based on the following two main objectives: (i) better understanding the effects of different connection schemes between switching boards and optical buffers and (ii) investigating possible schemes for achieving comparable performance to that of the ideal, strictly non-blocking switches. Extensive simulation results have shown that unlike circuit-switched net- works, multi-board OPS cannot easily perform comparably to the strictly non-blocking switch by having slightly more fibers per link. Also, such a problem can be tackled by several different approaches. The most efficient one is to equip the switch with more buffers rather than to increase the switching-board size or to enhance the buffer sharing between different switching boards.

Journal

Photonic Network CommunicationsSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 5, 2006

References

  • Wavelength conversion in WDM networking
    Ramamurthy, B.; Mukherjee, B.3
  • On the benefits of multifiber optical packet switch
    Li, Y.; Xiao, G.; Ghafouri-Shiraz, H.

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