Abstract

This paper shows that, for single-hop wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks, a multicast scheduling algorithm which always tries to partition a multicast transmission into multiple unicast or multicast transmissions may not always produce lower mean packet delay than a multicast scheduling algorithm that does not partition multicast transmissions. The performance of a multicast scheduling algorithm may depend on the traffic conditions and the availability of the channel resource in the network. A hybrid multicast scheduling algorithm that can produce good performance for wide ranges of traffic conditions and the availability of the channel resource in the network is proposed. Depending on the average utilizations of the data channels and the receivers, the proposed hybrid multicast scheduling algorithm dynamically chooses to employ a multicast scheduling algorithm that always tries to partition multicast transmissions or a multicast scheduling algorithm that does not partition multicast transmissions. Extensive simulations are performed to study the performance of the proposed hybrid algorithm. Our simulation results show that the proposed hybrid algorithm produces lower mean packet delay for wide ranges of the load, the maximum multicast group size, the percentage of unicast traffic, and the number of data channels in the network compared with a multicast scheduling algorithm that always tries to partition multicast transmissions and a multicast scheduling that does not partition multicast transmissions.

© 2001 IEEE

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