A novel mechanism for contention resolution in Parallel Optical Burst Switching (POBS) networks

Mohammed Joudah Zaiter, Salman Yussof, Abid Abdelouhahab, Cheng Lai Cheah, Adnan Ibrahem Salih

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Parallel Optical Burst Switching (POBS) is a variant of Optical Burst Switching (OBS) which is proposed as a new optical switching strategy for Ultra-Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (U-DWDM) to support the enormous bandwidth demand of the next generation Internet. As opposed to OBS, POBS transmits bursts in two dimensions: the wavelength dimension and the time dimension. POBS network uses an one-way resource reservation mechanism to set up the resources for each data burst transmission. The use of this mechanism may cause bursts to contend for the same resources at the same time at core (intermediate) nodes of the network. Therefore, the performance of POBS networks depends on the contention resolution policies to reach acceptable levels for bandwidth usage. These policies may increase both the cost and complexities of the core nodes in POBS networks. Most literatures on OBS networks apply contention resolution at the core nodes based on reactive strategies that are activated after contention takes place in core nodes. This study proposes the use of a proactive contention resolution technique at ingress nodes of POBS network as well as reactive contention resolution technique at core nodes for reducing the probability of burst drop in the network in order to increase the performance of the network. The simulation results show that the use of POBS network with the proposed Reactive Odd/Even Node ID Wavelength Assignment Technique (POBS-ROENIDWAT) shows a better performance in terms of reduced data loss rate and increased throughput compared to the performances of both POBS network with Sequential Wavelength Assignment Technique (POBS-SWAT) and OBS network with Burst Segmentation (OBS-BS).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4565-4573
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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