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In this letter, we propose a computational model for calculating blocking probabilities of multifiber wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) optical networks. We first derive the blocking probability of a fiber based on a Markov chain, from which the blocking probability of a link is derived by means of conditional probabilities. The blocking probability of a lightpath can be computed by a recursive formula. Finally, the network-wide blocking probability can be expressed as the ratio of the total blocked load versus the total offered load. Simulation results for different fiber-wavelength configurations conform closely to the numerical results based on our proposed model, thus demonstrating the feasibility of our proposed model for estimating the blocking performance of multifiber WDM optical networks.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2004