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The ITU-T defined next generation network (NGN) architecture designates the resource admission control function to perform the application-driven Quality of Service (QoS) control across access and core networks. The Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) was introduced by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to cope with new traffic engineering challenges in fast optical networks and provide them with reliable end-to-end QoS mechanisms. However, an actual Connection Admission Control (CAC) implementation inside the resource reservation protocol - traffic engineering extension (RSVP-TE) in GMPLS networks does not provide the ability of effective decision making, since the applied threshold CAC lacks of the capability to consider QoS policies on GMPLS network nodes. This prevents an effective end-to-end QoS control in a fully dynamic, application driven Label Switched Path (LSP) setup scenario. This work presents a specific implementation of fuzzy-CAC operating over an RSVP-TE agent in GMPLS network domain. This fuzzy-CAC implementation is applied to a testbed where a client application requests a real-time data transfer through a GMPLS network, which results in dynamic LSP setup and exclusion. The admission control is performed upon service request based on QoS class requirements and network resource availability. The differentiated traffic treatment on per-flow basis is realized through employment of IF-THEN rule based expert knowledge. Effective traffic differentiation is achieved in a multi-service network scenario and thus it validates fuzzy-CAC as candidate for RSVP-TE protocol enhancement for application driven QoS provisioning in GMPLS networks.
Date of Conference: 11-15 July 2010