Performance analysis of circuit switched multi-service multi-rate networks with alternative routing

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Original languageEnglish
Article number6658839
Pages (from-to)179-200
Journal / PublicationJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number2
Online published7 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2014



We consider a circuit-switched multiservice network with non-hierarchical alternative routing and trunk reservation. Based on the fundamental concept of overflow priority classification approximation (OPCA), we develop two approximations for the estimation of the blocking probability: OPCA and service-based OPCA. We also apply the classical Erlang fixed-point approximation (EFPA) for the estimation of the blocking probability in the network and propose the more conservative max (EFPA, service-based OPCA) as a reasonably accurate evaluation. We compare the approximations with simulation results and discuss the accuracy of the blocking probabilities for the various traffic classes under different system parameter values such as service rates, bandwidth requirements, number of channels per trunk, maximum allowable number of alternative paths and trunk reservation. We also discuss the robustness of the approximations to the shape of the holding time distribution and their performances under asymmetrical cases. We illustrate that when the approximations are used for network dimensioning, their error is acceptable. We further demonstrate that the approximations can be applied in large networks such as the CORONET. © 1983-2012 IEEE.

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  • Alternative routing, Blocking probability, Circuit switching, Erlang fixed-point approximation, Overflow priority classification approximation, Trunk reservation

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