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Performance Study of the Multi-Cell Transfer Scheme in the Optical Backbone Network
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications
Publication Date: 1995/05/25
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Switching and Communication Processing
ATM switching, photonic switch, multi-cell, backbone network, VPS,
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The optical ATM transport networks are the key technology for B-ISDN which integrates wide variety of communication services. In a photonic ATM switch, electronically operated switching control drastically limits the total throughput. With this bottleneck of the control speed of the switch compared to the cell transmission speed, if the unit of switching operation can be made longer, the system throughput will be improved. This paper proposes the optical backbone network configuration to obtain traffic concentrating effect to construct a large switching unit called a multi-cell. In the backbone network applied the concept of virtual path set (VPS), a multi-cell is constructed by cells from all of ATM switches in a regional network connected with each own's cross connect. The multi-cell format in the case of two different network models is investigated in this paper. The average delay and average idle cells per multi-cell in the multi-cell MUX of an optical cross connect are evaluated by computer simulation as the performance of the multi-cell transfer scheme in the backbone network. Simulation results show that the multi-cell transfer scheme can be operated efficiently with traffic load of more than 0.5. This paper also proposes the configuration of multiplexing and demultiplexing module to assemble and disassemble the multi-cell.