A Study on Deflection Routing in Optical Burst-Switched Networks

Su Kyoung Lee, Hyun Sook Kim, Joo Seok Song, David Griffith

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A major concern in optical burst-switched networks is contention,which occurs when multiple bursts contend for the same link. While a deflection routing protocol is proposed as one of the contention resolution techniques,there has been no appropriate deflection routing algorithm to find an alternate route. In this paper, we formulate a deflection routing problem based on the burst blocking rate resulting from resource contention in an optical burst-switched network. This algorithm minimizes the contention on the alternate path with the minimum distance. Furthermore, in this paper, we develop an analytical model for the deflection routing time when deflection routing is performed to resolve contention. In this model, we investigate the expected deflection routing time considering that the burst could be dropped even with deflection routing due to another contention on the alternate path. Simulations are conducted to show that there is an improvement in terms of burst loss rate and network throughput.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
JournalPhotonic Network Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was partially supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Advanced R&E Activity (ARDA), the Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences (LTS) MENTER project, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Fault Tolerant Networks (FTN) program, and the National Communications Systems (NCS).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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