Performance Analysis of Flow Loss Probability and Link Utilization in MPLS Networks for Traffic Engineering

Hitomi TAMURA  Kenji KAWAHARA  Yuji OIE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E87-B   No.3   pp.579-586
Publication Date: 2004/03/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Internet Technology IV)
Category: MPLS
traffic engineering,  MPLS,  M/M/c/c queueing system,  performance analysis,  

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As the Internet grows, various types of traffic, such as voice, video and data, are transmitted. Therefore, the Internet should provide the Quality of Service (QoS) required by each type of traffic as well as end-to-end connectivity, and routing decisions should be based on the utilization of links/routers and/or the application types of traffic. This kind of routing is called Traffic Engineering (TE), and its objective is to improve such performance factors as flow loss probability for users and the utilization of links for networks, simultaneously. Some studies claim that the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technique can easily implement TE. So far, some experimental results show that TE is effective on a MPLS network; however, its performance has not been theoretically and quantitatively analyzed. Thus, in this paper, we will investigate the basic and preliminary performance of MPLS networks with TE by analyzing flow loss probability and Smoothness index of link utilization in the queueing system.