Abstract

Optical burst switching realizes all-optical communication by dividing data transmission system into control plane and data plane. In order to implement control plane two controlling mechanisms such as distributed and centralized control and reservation models have been presented in literature. Both of the architectures have pros and cons associated such as distributed model lacks efficient resource utilization while centralized model is nonscalable. In order to overcome these, a new hybrid control and reservation mechanism has been presented by the authors. The proposed model is based on clustering technique where each cluster consists of cluster head and member nodes. Cluster head performs major functionalities in the network such as path establishment, routing and resource management, fault management, etc., while member nodes perform data switching functionality. In order to implement the architecture, a signaling protocol is also presented. In this paper, we discuss different scenarios required for the implementation of the proposed hybrid model. These scenarios detail the message dialogs exchange between different network nodes and between different software modules during lightpath establishment, data transmission, and connection teardown operations. The goal of efficient resource utilization is achieved through centralized control of network resources while scalability is achieved through dividing the network into multiple domains. Finally, the simulation section shows the mechanism of designing the multidomain architecture, network bandwidth utilization comparison and reduction in end-to-end data transmission latency.

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