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Beam queuing for aeronautical free space optical networks
Author(s): Kimon Karras; Dimitris Marinos; Pavlos Kouros
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Paper Abstract

Free space optical technologies are currently only very marginally used in aviation, particularly for communication purposes. Most applications occur in a military environment, with civilian aviation remaining oblivious to its advantages. One of these is high-bandwidth communication between the various actors available in an aeronautical network. Considerable research is underway in order to resolve a multitude of issues like reliable reception and transmission of the optical signal and the construction of high performance, small and lightweight terminals for the optical transceiver. The slow Pointing, Acquisition and Tracking of the latter represents a significant issue, which detracts from their usability in such an environment. Since an aircraft may carry only a limited number of such terminals on board, the delay of a terminal in reacquiring a target (which is in the order of several seconds) constitutes a significant hurdle in achieving satisfactory connectivity. This paper proposes an optimization technique, in which packet are reordered dynamically before transmission in the sender node in order to minimize terminal movement and thus avoid the time-consuming PAT process. Several parameters are considered such as QoS of the packets, minimization of the number of movements of the terminal and of the distance it must traverse when it reacquires a target. The algorithm was tested by integrating it into a custom built, discrete event SystemC simulator. The results verify that incorporating into such a system yields tangible benefits in terms of the practical throughput achieved by the system through the minimization of idle time, while moving.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7814, Free-Space Laser Communications X, 78140T (24 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859423
Show Author Affiliations
Kimon Karras, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus (Greece)
Dimitris Marinos, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus (Greece)
Pavlos Kouros, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7814:
Free-Space Laser Communications X
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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