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A novel bandwidth allocation scheme for OTSS-enabled flex-grid intra-datacenter networks


Optical circuit switching networks have been recognized as a promising solution for inter-datacenter networks. However, for intra-datacenter networks, they may fall short in efficiently provisioning traffic requests due to their relatively coarse-grained channel assignment and special intra-datacenter traffic patterns. Optical time slice switching (OTSS) has been recently proposed as an optical-switching technique that can provide flexible and transparent optical circuits by extending the merit of flex-grid switching to the time domain, thus achieving much finer granularity. As OTSS requires nanosecond speed optical switches which are expensive, it might not be economically viable to make a one-time upgrade for the entire datacenter. Thus, we expect fine-grained OTSS-enabled and coarse-grained flex-grid-enabled optical switching techniques to co-exist in the foreseeable future. In this study, we investigate an OTSS-enabled flex-grid (OTSS-FG) architecture for intra-datacenter networks. For scenarios where traffic flows are given, we develop a Mixed Integer Linear Program to study the optimal bandwidth allocation scheme in an OTSS-FG architecture. When traffic flows are generated in real time, by leveraging machine-learning techniques to detect flow types, we propose a flow-aware bandwidth allocation (FABA) scheme and a dynamic version of FABA, called “D-FABA” scheme. Numerical simulations show that proposed bandwidth allocation scheme can outperform benchmark schemes in terms of average delay and blocking probability.

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This work was supported in part by Institute for Information & communications Technology Promotion (IITP) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) [B0117-16-1008, Development of datacenter Optical Networking Core Technologies for Photonic Frame based Packet Switching]. It was also supported in part by National Science Foundation Grant No. 1716945.

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Wang, L., Wang, X., Tornatore, M. et al. A novel bandwidth allocation scheme for OTSS-enabled flex-grid intra-datacenter networks. Photon Netw Commun 42, 93–104 (2021).

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  • Optical time slice switching (OTSS)
  • Flex-grid
  • Bandwidth allocation
  • Machine learning