Priority-Based Wavelength Assignment Algorithm for Burst Switched WDM Optical Networks

Xi WANG  Hiroyuki MORIKAWA  Tomonori AOYAMA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E86-B   No.5   pp.1508-1514
Publication Date: 2003/05/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Joint Special Issue on Recent Progress in Optoelectronics and Communications)
optical Internet,  optical burst switching (OBS),  burst optical networks,  wavelength assignment,  WDM,  

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Burst switched WDM optical networks are coming up as suitable network architectures for future Optical Internet backbones. However, the lack of optical processing capabilities results in increased burst blocking probability, which in turn lead to very limited network performance. Efficient contention resolution algorithm is therefore necessary. In this paper, we propose a distributed wavelength assignment algorithm named Priority-based Wavelength Assignment (PWA) for such networks. Each node selectively assigns wavelengths based on the wavelength priority information "learned" from its wavelength utilization history in a distributed manner. As the learning process progresses, nodes in the same part of the network tend to assign different wavelengths to avoid contentions. Simulation results show that the PWA can effectively reduce the blocking probability and increase the performance of burst optical networks compared to previous algorithms such as random assignment.