Multi-Layer MPLS Network Design: The Impact of Statistical Multiplexing
Source: Carnegie Mellon University
The possibility of adding MPLS support to transport networks is considered an important opportunity by telecom carriers that want to add packet services and applications to their networks. However, the question arises whether it is suitable to have MPLS nodes just at the edge of the network to collect packet traffic from users, or to introduce also MPLS facilities on a subset of the core nodes in order to exploit packet switching flexibility and multiplexing, thus inducing a better bandwidth allocation. This paper proposes a mathematical programming model for the design of two-layer networks where MPLS is considered on top of transport networks (SDH or WDM depending on required link speed).