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Resolving the Fairness Issues in Bus-Based Optical Access Networks

Nizar Bouabdallah 1 André-Luc Beylot Emmanuel Dotaro Guy Pujolle 1
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Abstract : Packet-based optical access ring is becoming a promising solution in metropolitan networks. Its performance depends mainly on how optical resource sharing takes place among the different competing access nodes. This network architecture has mostly been explored with regard to synchronous transmission, i.e., slotted wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) ring. However, in this paper, we focus on the performance of asynchronous transmission-based networks with variable packet sizes. Analytical models are presented in an attempt to provide explicit formulas that express the mean access delay of each node of the bus-based optical access network. We prove that in such a network, fairness problems are likely to arise between upstream and downstream nodes sharing a common data channel. Furthermore, we show that sharing the channel's available bandwidth fairly but arbitrarily between access nodes, as in slotted WDM rings, does not resolve the fairness problem in asynchronous system. In this regard, we exhibit the inherent limitations of the token bucket access rate-based algorithm once applied to asynchronous transmission bus-based networks. To alleviate the aforementioned problem, we device a new strategy called traffic control architecture using remote descriptors. The proposed solution is based on a preventive mechanism to grant access to the shared resource. As illustrated in this paper, the proposed solution alleviates the performance degradation and the resource underutilization, while achieving fairness among bus nodes.
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Nizar Bouabdallah, André-Luc Beylot, Emmanuel Dotaro, Guy Pujolle. Resolving the Fairness Issues in Bus-Based Optical Access Networks. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2005, 23 (8), pp.1444-1457. ⟨10.1109/JSAC.2005.851779⟩. ⟨hal-01168040⟩



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