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We consider the problem of estimating steady-state blocking probability for circuit-switched networks that allow alternate routing with particular emphasis on networks protected by trunk reservation. We use a recently proposed blocking probability estimate, the Overflow Priority Classification Approximation (OPCA) as an alternative to the currently used Erlang's Fixed-Point Approximation (EFPA). We demonstrate empirically that OPCA provides a better blocking estimate than EFPA for circuit-switched networks with alternate routing, that are reasonably protected by trunk reservation.
Date of Publication: June 2007