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Multi-granularity optical cross-connect (MG-OXC)-based optical network is a promising optical network architecture as it is capable of flexible switching at different granularity levels. In MG-OXC-based optical networks, wavelength conversion (WC) capability and the number of usable add/drop ports of the nodes are two key factors affecting its performance. Two analytical models of blocking probability for MG-OXC-based optical networks both without WC capability and with sparse WC capability are proposed, exploiting Erlang's loss formula and birth'death process. Based on the models and simulation, the impact of WC capability and the number of add/drop ports on the blocking probability are investigated. Three kinds of granularities (i.e. fibre, waveband and wavelength) are considered in MG-OXC nodes to reduce the complexity and size of switch fabric. Both the analytical and simulation results are given on two network topologies under dynamic traffic patterns. Simulation results show that the proposed models are accurate and effective for the analysis of blocking probability in MG-OXC-based optical networks.
Date of Publication: November 2009