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A new burst assembly and dropping scheme for service differentiation in optical burst switched networks
Author(s): Zhizhong Zhang; Fang Cheng; Jianxin Wang; Jiangtao Luo; Qingji Zeng; Xuelei Xuan
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Paper Abstract

It has been proved that through burst segmenting, and thus dropping the segment of one burst that is overlapped with another burst, the packet loss probability will be significantly improved for optical burst switched networks. Based upon this, two main segment dropping strategies, head- and tail-dropping, can be used to resolve contention. In this paper, we point out that tail-dropping policy, which is adopted in most literatures, may not be a feasible solution, while head-dropping policy, even though it may make the packets to arrive out of order, is in deed a solution which can resolve the contention effectively. Moreover, with respect to tail-dropping policy, the increase of the disorder of packet arrivals for head-dropping policy is trivial. To support service differentiation and decrease the disorder of packet arrivals generated by contention resolution, we further propose a new threshold-based hybrid-assembly scheme. The most striking characteristic of the hybrid-assembly scheme is that the low and high packet classes are aggregated into one burst simultaneously. Once contention occurs, head-dropping policy is adopted to drop the overlapping packets. We describe the concrete implementation of QoS supporting, and the corresponding dropping strategy -- improved head-dropping policy, which aims at guaranteeing a better QoS support and a feasible implementation, is also detailed. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed burst assembly scheme, together with the head-dropping policy, perform well in terms of performance metrics such as the average packet loss probability and service differentiation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5281, Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems, (7 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.522002
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Zhizhong Zhang, Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Shanghai Jiaotong Univ. (China)
Fang Cheng, Chongqing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Jianxin Wang, Shanghai Jiaotong Univ. (China)
Jiangtao Luo, Shanghai Jiaotong Univ. (China)
Qingji Zeng, Shanghai Jiaotong Univ. (China)
Xuelei Xuan, Shanghai Jiaotong Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5281:
Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems
Cedric F. Lam; Chongcheng Fan; Norbert Hanik; Kimio Oguchi, Editor(s)

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