A framework for optical burst switching network design

Jolyon White, Moshe Zukerman, Hai Le Vu

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In this letter, we analyze optical burst switching (OBS) systems. The analysis leads to a framework which provides guidelines for OBS design. We identify conditions for OBS feasibility and the relationship between burst size, or equivalently burst assembly delay, and throughput, taking into consideration control packet processing and the number of available wavelengths per fiber.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-270
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Burst size
  • Optical burst switching
  • Optimization

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