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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editors: Keren Bergman and Vincent Chan
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 1 — Jun. 1, 2009
  • pp: 103–112

TCP Performance Over Optical Burst-Switched Networks With Different Access Technologies

Maurizio Casoni and Carla Raffaelli  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 103-112 (2009)

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The interworking between different access networks and an optical burst switched network is considered here. The end-to-end performance of the TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) is evaluated by jointly accounting for access network protocols and the burst assembly procedure at ingress edge nodes, both with wired and wireless access solutions, based on electrical and advanced optical technologies. The influence of the assembly timeout in different access contexts is presented, and numerical investigations are performed by means of ns-2 simulations. Results show that end-to-end throughput is mostly influenced by the delay introduced by access protocols, which arise in the analyzed different scenarios, and by assembly timeout. These results provide meaningful insights about interconnected systems to the task of overall network design and, in particular, to the setup of the interworking unit parameters.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.1155) Fiber optics and optical communications : All-optical networks
(060.4256) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks, network optimization

ToC Category:
Applications and Network Services

Original Manuscript: December 8, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2009
Published: June 1, 2009

Maurizio Casoni and Carla Raffaelli, "TCP Performance Over Optical Burst-Switched Networks With Different Access Technologies," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 1, 103-112 (2009)

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