Abstract

This paper proposes a service differentiation scheme called preemptive wavelength reservation protocol (PWRP) to provide proportional quality of service (QoS) for optical-burst-switched (OBS) networks. In the context of service differentiation, traffic is divided into different service classes based on traffic characteristics. A service differentiation scheme then provides different degrees of resource assurance to different classes of traffic in proportion to their service classes. Unlike existing approaches, which may degrade to classless schemes or which may suffer from low wavelength utilization,the mechanism in this paper is robust and efficient and supports an incremental deployment of QoS support. A usage profile for each class is maintained at the router, and a preemptive wavelength reservation mechanism is implemented to ensure QoS. An analytical model is derived and simulations are conducted to evaluate the performance. The results show that the approach described in this paper performs better than existing mechanisms in terms of lower blocking probability and higher resource utilization, making it an excellent QoS mechanism for OBS networks.

© 2004 IEEE

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