Wavelength and time division multiplexing with lightpath trespassing for all-optical star local area networks
Thesis DisciplineComputer Science
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
Many medium access control protocols have been proposed for optical wavelength division multiplexing local area networks with a star topology. These protocols range from those based on the concept of fixed-assignment of communication subchannels, such as TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access); reservation of communication subchannels, such as DAS (Dynamic Allocation Scheme); or random-access to communication subchannels, such as DT-WDMA (Dynamic Time-Wavelength Division Multiple Access). In addition various hybrid protocols have been considered, for example, protocols incorporating both fixed-assignment and reservation rules, such as HTDM (Hybrid TDM). This thesis is on a novel hybrid protocol of fixed-assignment and random-access called "WTDMA with lightpath trespassing". This protocol combines the most desirable aspects of fixed-assignment and random-access protocols, while limiting their drawbacks. The performance of different versions of the protocol are analysed both mathematically and by stochastic simulation. The obtained results justify the introduction of the WTDMA with trespassing protocol, and indicate the situations where its use is advantageous.