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Metropolitan area packet-switched WDM networks: A survey on ring systems

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3 Author(s)
Herzog, M. ; Tech. Univ. Berlin, Berlin, Germany ; Maier, M. ; Reisslein, M.

We provide a comprehensive survey of packet-switched ring metro WDM networks. We first review current standardization and testbed activities, then we provide a categorization of ring WDM networks. We structure our survey according to a classification of the medium access control (MAC) protocols employed in the networks. Throughout the article we pay close attention to the key factors that govern the throughput-delay performance of the networks, such as the source vs. destination stripping of the data packets from the ring and the a priori or a posteriori access strategies. We also consider fairness aspects and QoS support in the networks.

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Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 2 )