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Ant algorithm in OBS RWA
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Paper Abstract

The current routing and wavelength assignment (RWA) algorithms in optical switching (OBS) networks usually adopt the shortest path between the source-destination pairs as the routes and assign wavelengths hop-by-hop. There are two main problems exist in theses algorithms: (1) If there are common links among the shortest paths of different source-destination pairs, the one-way reservation protocol may cause congestion on these links while other links are underutilized, which may deteriorate the network performance, especially in an unsymmetrical network. (2) Few RWA algorithms take the fault recovery into consideration, which is important for the network to operate smoothly. An ant system based RWA algorithm is proposed in this paper to resolve these two problems. The destination nodes send ACKs back for each successfully received burst control packet (BCP). The ACKs are feed back along the same path as the one through which BCPs are forwarded. ACKs leave some "pheromone" along the path. The coming bursts will choose the output links with the probability proportioned to their pheromone intensity. Numerical results obtained from simulation show that our RWA algorithm can find the optimal routes adaptively and get a better burst drop probability performance compared with current RWA algorithms in an unsymmetrical network. Furthermore, our RWA algorithm is robust for fault recovery. When there are failures on some fibers, the bursts can be dynamically deflected to a suitable route without any extra information exchange among the switching nodes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5625, Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems II, (11 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.573795
Show Author Affiliations
Shi Zhang, Xidian Univ. (China)
TinJin Yu, Xidian Univ. (China)
Bing Zhang, Xidian Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5625:
Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems II
Cedric F. Lam; Wanyi Gu; Norbert Hanik; Kimio Oguchi, Editor(s)

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