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This work proposes a new reservation protocol for enhancing the performance of wavelength-routed networks. To be more robust and reliable, the proposed approach employs distributed control mechanisms. The new method particularly focuses on wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM) core networks with distant end-nodes. It takes into account the considerable amount of data that can be transferred by high-speed WDM networks within limited reservation periods. To increase the throughput, the protocol consumes the unoccupied bandwidth of reservation phases by transferring nonreal-time data packets during these intervals. This scheme is implemented by applying a modified form of backward reservation protocol. To initiate a multihop reservation call, this protocol labels a path as reserved instead of locking it. Meanwhile, labeled nodes with single-hop requests will receive permission signals to send predetermined packet sizes. The length of packets transmitted is defined by the round-trip propagation delay between the current and the upcoming nodes along the path. In case a reservation fails, already labeled nodes will be notified by receiving a prevention signal, which will block them from transferring data packets.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2005