Performance Analysis of Optical Burst Switching Networks with and without Class Isolation

Neil Barakat*, Edward H. Sargent

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper presents an analytical model that evaluates the blocking probability of each service class in optical burst-switching networks. The model is applicable to systems with arbitrary burst length distributions and arbitrary-sized QoS header offsets. Thus, unlike previous models, it is applicable to the design and study of networks with a wide range of traffic characteristics, including systems in which higher classes are not necessarily isolated from lower classes and systems in which the conservation law does not necessarily hold. We derive explicit expressions for blocking probability both the cases of constant burst lengths and exponentially distributed burst lengths and verify the model's accuracy through simulation. We show the model to be accurate for a number of different traffic loads and class priorities. For an OBS system with two classes and a 1:10 ratio of high-priority to low-priority traffic, our model is able to predict accurately the blocking probability for each class, whereas the predictions from a model that assumes isolation deviates by as much as an order of magnitude from the simulation results for the higher priority class.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2003
EventIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference GLOBECOM'03 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Dec 1 2003Dec 5 2003


OtherIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference GLOBECOM'03
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Global and Planetary Change


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