Abstract: This paper presents an overview ofQualityofService (QoS) differentiation mechanisms proposed for Optical Burst Switching (OBS) networks. OBS has been proposed to couple the benefits of both circuit and packet switching for the “on demand” use of capacity in the future optical Internet. In such a case, QoS support imposes some important challenges before this technology is deployed. This paper takes a broader view on QoS, including QoS differentiation not only at the burst but also at the transport levels for OBS networks. A classification of existing QoS differentiation mechanisms for OBS is given and their efficiency and complexity are comparatively discussed. We provide numerical examples on how QoS differentiation with respect to burst loss rate and transport layer throughput can be achieved in OBS networks.
Abstract: In this paper we present the efficient burst reservation protocol (EBRP) suitable
for bufferless optical burst switching (OBS) networks. The EBRP protocol is a
two-way reservation scheme that employs timed and in-advance reservation of
resources. In the EBRP protocol timed reservations are relaxed, introducing a
reservation time duration parameter that is negotiated during call setup phase.
This feature allows bursts to reserve resources beyond their actual size to
increase their successful forwarding probability and can be used to provide
quality-of-service (QoS) differentiation. The EBRP protocol is suitable for
OBS networks and can guarantee a low blocking probability for bursts that can
tolerate the round-trip delay associated with the two-way reservation.We present
the main features of the proposed protocol and describe in detail the timing
considerations regarding the call setup phase and the actual reservation process.
Furthermore, we show evaluation results and compare the EBRP performance
against two other typical reservation schemes, a tell-and-wait and a tell-and-go
(just-enough-time) like protocol. EBRP has been developed for the control plane
of the IST-LASAGNE project.