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MPLS-Based Satellite Constellation Networks

Donner, A. and Berioli, M. and Werner, M. (2004) MPLS-Based Satellite Constellation Networks. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 22 (3), pp. 438-448.

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Nongeostationary satellite constellations with intersatellite links are a challenge for networking due to their continuously changing topology. In order to make maximal use of the network's capacities, special attention has to be paid to routing and traffic engineering. Multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) as underlying protocol is an interesting candidate for this task since it offers many possibilities to exert influence on traffic flows and supports today's dominating Internet protocol traffic very well. This paper describes a general MPLS-based networking concept for satellite networks and discusses different scenarios considering the particularities and constraints of the dynamic topology. Functional elements of MPLS like ingress, egress, or core routers have to be mapped onto the physical entities of the network and prerequisites for traffic engineering are discussed. Routing and rerouting of paths is of key interest since this affects route computation effort and routing performance. Thus, an analytical estimation of routing effort is deduced and numerical and simulation results are presented.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2004,
Title:MPLS-Based Satellite Constellation Networks
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 438-448
Keywords:MPLS, Satellite, Networks, Constellation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W KN - Kommunikation/Navigation
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W KN - Kommunikation/Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation
Deposited By: elib DLR-Beauftragter
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:06 Jan 2010 21:33

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