Dimensioning of combined OBS/OCS networks

M. De Leenheer, C. Develder, J. Buysse, B. Dhoedt, P. Demeester
2008 2008 5th International Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks and Systems  
To cope with ever-increasing traffic demands in transport networks, all-optical switching is currently perceived as a potential solution to remove bottlenecks caused by optoelectronic conversions. An effective realization of this concept must support a wide range of traffic patterns, while remaining feasible to construct and deploy both in an economical and practical sense. In this paper, we propose the use of multi-granular optical cross-connects (MG-OXC), which support switching on both the
more » ... velength and sub-wavelength level. To this end, the MG-OXCs are equipped with cheap, highly scalable slow switching fabrics, as well as a small number of expensive fast switching ports. The main goal of this work is to motivate the use of multi-granular switching, as this can reduce total network installation costs. To this end, we introduce an Integer Linear Programming model, and our evaluation demonstrates that multi-granular optical switching can be a cost-effective solution on the network level, in comparison to slow only or fast only approaches. Furthermore, we can achieve reduced costs of individual OXC nodes, which allows us to minimize scalability problems corresponding to emerging fast switching fabrics.
doi:10.1109/broadnets.2008.4769055 dblp:conf/broadnets/LeenheerDBDD08 fatcat:fkst4onxqzcstg2bc6f23xqavi