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Reliability aspects of the future hybrid optical network and quality of service issues for real time and packet traffic
Author(s): Marian Marciniak
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Paper Abstract

While Internet traffic increases dramatically and now it exceeds the almost stable voice traffic, new efficient solutions for network architecture are sought. One of the main problems to be resolved is the basic concept of the future network performance. While actual networks are based on 'circuit switching' connection networks with IP packets forwarded given the network offers some free resources, a number of researchers foresee the future network as a 'packet switched' connectionless network which would support also the traditional real time services with phone calls as the most representative example. This is driven by the growing use of voice over IP services. Unfortunately, the Quality of Service is actually not sufficient for wide acceptance of that technique. In fact, Internet is based on the 'best-effort' principle in what it fudamentally differs from circuit-switched network which has been developed uniquely to provide excellent voice quality during last century. Moreover, the reliability of the network is a crucial factor in emergency communications, what has recently became a subject of intense activity at national and international scale. As a consequence, the idea of dropping the converged network with voice-over-IP concept is hard to accept for a great majority and those expressing it are usually looked as strange or even dangerous individuals. Nevertheless, those fundamental difficulties become obvious for a growing number of people who approach the future network evolution more fundamentally, and try to trace reasonable and economic ways of the future network development. The author of this paper has extensively developed a concept of a "hybrid network" which consists of real-time subnetwork and packet network separated in the optical frequency domain that will be discussed in detail in this paper. This optimized network concept is intended to guarantee both reliability of the network and Quality of Service as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5582, Advanced Optoelectronics and Lasers, (24 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.583408
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Marian Marciniak, National Institute of Telecommunications (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5582:
Advanced Optoelectronics and Lasers
Igor A. Sukhoivanov; Vasily A. Svich; Alexander V. Volyar; Yuriy S. Shmaliy; Sergy A. Kostyukevych, Editor(s)

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