Abstract

Feature Issue on Optical Interconnection Networks (OIN). We describe results of the scalability analysis for dynamic wavelength-routed optical networks with end-to-end lightpath assignment and central network control with electronic scheduling and processing of lightpath requests. We investigate the effect of the algorithm complexity in both the scheduling and the dynamic routing and wavelength assignment (DRWA) of lightpath requests. Scheduling theory and static performance-prediction techniques were applied to define the bounds on the electronic processing time of requests, and hence the maximum number of nodes supported by a centralized dynamic optical network for given blocking probability, latency, and network diameter. Scalability analysis results show that medium-sized centralized networks (~50 nodes) can be supported when these networks are reconfigured on a burst-by-burst basis. In addition, we found that real topologies showed a complex trade-off between the request processing time, blocking probability, and resource requirements. These findings can be used to determine the optimum combination of scheduling/DRWA algorithm, showing that the fastest DRWA algorithm does not necessarily lead to the minimum blocking probability and maximum scalability but that a careful consideration of both blocking and processing speed is required. The results are applicable both to dynamic network architectures with centralized request processing such as wavelength-routed optical networks and to the design of advanced optical switching matrices and routers.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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