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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
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A Media-Access Protocol for Packet-Switched Wavelength Division Multiaccess Metropolitan Area Networks

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Abstract

A dynamic time-wavelength division multiaccess protocol (DT-WDMA) is proposed for metropolitan-sized multichannel optical networks employing fixed wavelength transmitters and tunable optical receivers. Control information is sent over a dedicated signaling channel and data are sent over channels owned by the transmitters. Time is divided into slots on each channel and slots on the control channel are further split into mini-slots. Fixed time-division multiaccess is used within each slot on the control channel. Transmitters indicate their intention to transmit a packet by transmitting the destination address during their appropriate mini-slot in the control channel and then transmit their packet in the next slot on their data channel. Receivers listen to the control channel and tune to the appropriate channel to receive packets addressed to them. A common but distributed arbitration algorithm is used to resolve conflicts when packets from many transmitters contend for the same receiver. Each receiver executes the same deterministic algorithm to choose one of the contending packets. Each transmitter uses the same algorithm to determine the success or failure of its packet. This eliminates the need for explicit acknowledgments. The protocol is capable of achieving high bandwidth utilization (0.6 packets per station per time slot for networks with up to a few hundred stations), while keeping the packet latencies small. © 1990 IEEE

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01 Jan 1990

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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications

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