Comparison of All-Optical Architectures for Backbone Networks

Noriaki KAMIYAMA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E87-B   No.10   pp.2877-2885
Publication Date: 2004/10/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Fiber-Optic Transmission for Communications
all-optical network,  optical path design,  time-division multiplexing,  optical burst switching,  

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All-optical switching is of considerable interest, since it enables the construction of large-capacity networks with protocol- and bit-rate-independent transmission. In this paper, we determine the most desirable of three all-optical architectures for a backbone network, by comparing the following architectures: the wavelength-routed network, the slotted wavelength-routed network, and the optical burst switching network. After proposing an optical path accommodation algorithm that minimizes the total fiber length, we evaluate the total network cost in order to compare the availability of the first two architectures. We then compare the architectures in terms of the burst blocking probability in order to clarify the effectiveness of the third architecture.