Multicast Design Method Using Multiple Shared-Trees in Optical WDM Networks

Yusuke HIROTA  Hiroaki HONDA  Hideki TODE  Koso MURAKAMI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E95-B   No.2   pp.370-381
Publication Date: 2012/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E95.B.370
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Fiber-Optic Transmission for Communications
optical WDM networks,  RWA,  multicast,  tree-shared multicasting,  partial tree generation/selection,  

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In next-generation networks, ultra-high speed transfer capability will become necessary to support a variety of advanced multimedia services. The Optical Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) network is seen as one of promising networks. To deal with various multimedia services, the network should support not only unicast transmission but also multicast transmission. However, IP multicast has several problems, for example, all routers must have multicast functions. IP multicast needs routers with high overheads and excessive energy consumption. Hence, optical multicasting in optical WDM networks is a promising solution for future internet services. A tree-shared multicasting concept has been proposed to support multicast transmissions in optical WDM networks. This method assembles multiple multicast traffic streams into one burst and the burst is delivered using a shared-tree. However, this method can not be applied to dynamic multicasting. This paper proposes a novel WDM multicast design method for dynamic traffic demand using multiple shared-trees, which includes shared-tree generation/selection and wavelength assignment, for the purpose of simplifying the routing process and receiving multicast traffic efficiently. We evaluate its performance from the viewpoints of the burst loss probability and the number of redundant and useless transfers whose data is discarded at the egress edge nodes.