Managing ABR Capacity in Reservation-based Slotted Networks

TitleManaging ABR Capacity in Reservation-based Slotted Networks
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsUlrich, R., & Kritzinger P.
Other Numbers1016
Keywordsbandwidth allocation, dealy- and loss-sensitive application, performance evaluation, Resource management, variable bit rate traffic

For slotted networks carrying full multi-media traffic to work successfully, it is essential that connection setup and management is done well under all traffic conditions. Major challenges remain with the current state of the technology, however, particularly on how one copes with traffic bursts. Existing reservation-based networks do not allow the user to dynamically adjust his bandwidth requirements on demand. In this paper we propose a new scheme, called the reservoir scheme, which allows dynamic and distributed resource allocation. The basic idea behind the scheme is to reserve bandwidth with a guaranteed bit rate for each virtual circuit. The user is allowed to decentrally allocate additional bandwidth from an Available Bit Rate (ABR) reservoir to satisfy dynamic changes of Variable Bit Rate (VBR) traffic. The duration and bandwidth of this dynamic access are negotiated in the call setup phase and do not require any renegotiation with the service provider so that this solution overcomes the rigidity of current static bandwidth reservation schemes. The additional management requirements are low compared to other dynamic bandwidth reservation schemes. We also describe an analytic model and simulation which we used to determine whether it would be practical to apply the proposed scheme in a slotted network.

Bibliographic Notes

ICSI Technical Report TR-96-006

Abbreviated Authors

R. Ulrich and P. Kritzinger

ICSI Publication Type

Technical Report