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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2009
  • pp: 5208–5219

TCP Over Optical Burst Switching: To Split or Not to Split?

Rajesh R. C. Bikram and Vinod M. Vokkarane

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 27, Issue 22, pp. 5208-5219 (2009)

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TCP-based applications account for a majority of data traffic in the Internet; thus, understanding and improving the performance of TCP over optical burst switching (OBS) network is critical. In this paper, we identify the ill effects of implementing TCP over a hybrid network (IP-access and OBS-core). We propose a Split-TCP framework for the hybrid IP-OBS network to improve TCP performance. We propose two Split-TCP approaches, namely, 1:1:1 and $N:1:N$. We evaluate the performance of the proposed approaches over an IP-OBS hybrid network. Based on the simulation results, $N:1:N$ Split-TCP approach outperforms all other approaches. We also develop an analytical model for end-to-end Split-TCP throughput and verify it with simulations.

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Rajesh R. C. Bikram and Vinod M. Vokkarane, "TCP Over Optical Burst Switching: To Split or Not to Split?," J. Lightwave Technol. 27, 5208-5219 (2009)

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