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Optical burst switching is a promising solution for terabit transmission of IP data bursts over WDM networks. One of the key components in the design of optical burst-switched nodes is the development of channel scheduling algorithms that can efficiently handle data burst contentions. Currently, traditional scheduling techniques use wavelength conversion and buffering to resolve burst contention. In this paper, we reduce packet losses by proposing a number of data channel scheduling algorithms that use burst segmentation and fiber delay lines (FDLs). The proposed scheduling algorithms are classified based on the placement of the FDL buffers in the optical burst-switched node and are referred to as delay-first or segment-first schemes. Simulation results show that these algorithms can effectively reduce the packet loss probability compared to existing scheduling techniques.