Date Added: Jan 2011
It has been demonstrated that advertising the availability of wavelength and converter resources in all-optical DWDM transport networks with sparse wavelength conversion capabilities can drastically improve the blocking performance of these networks thus achieving better usage of the network resources. An important aspect with consequences in network performance is when to originate the wavelength-availability and converter-availability Link State Advertisements (LSAs). Frequent link-state advertisements could overwhelm the network control plane with many update messages that need to be processed. On the other hand, delaying these advertisements could result in inaccurate link-state information thus degrading the network blocking performance.