A Hybrid Method for Signalling Transport in GMPLS Control Plane
Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
This paper addresses the issue of signalling transport in control plane of the Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) network. The two basic methods for establishing control channels in optical networks are the in-fibre-out-of-band and the out-of-fibre. Starting from the analysis of benefits and drawbacks of those methods, we propose and investigate a novel, flexible method for signalling transport, which is based on the analysis of the given network topology and combines the basic methods to achieve a trade-off between requirements for low latency and high reliability. Performance analysis has shown that, with hybrid method, data path setup times are close to the ones achieved with the in-fibre-out-of-band method, while preserving satisfying reliability and flexibility to integrate into multi-domain networks.
Control plane, optical network, signalling, switching