Abstract

Feature Issue on Photonics in Switching

We consider an all-optical slotted packet-switched network interconnected by a number of bufferless all-optical switches with contention-based operation. One approach to reduce the cost of the expensive contention resolution hardware could be retransmission in which each ingress switch keeps a copy of the transmitted traffic in the electronic buffer and retransmits whenever required. The conventional retransmission technique may need a higher number of retransmissions until traffic passes through the network. This in turn may lead to a retransmission at a higher layer and reduce the network throughput. In this paper, we propose and analyze a simple but effective prioritized retransmission technique in which dropped traffic is prioritized when retransmitted from ingress switches so that the core switch can process them with a higher priority. We present the analysis of both techniques in multifiber network architecture and verify it via simulation to demonstrate that our proposed algorithm can limit the number of retransmissions significantly and can improve TCP throughput better than the conventional retransmission technique.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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