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1 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network In the preceding chapter we presented the basic techniques that are used in digital communication systems to transfer information from one point to another. We discussed how these techniques are used with various types of transmission media. In this chapter we consider how these individual communication systems are organized into the digital transmission systems that form the backbone of modern computer and telephone networks. We examine different approaches to multiplexing information ows, and we present the digital multiplexing hierarchy that de nes the structure of modern transmission systems. In terms of the OSI reference model, these systems provide the physical layer that transfers bits. The digital multiplexing hierarchy has developed around the telephone network, so it is natural to include the discussion of the telephone network in this chapter. We elaborate on how the telephone network provides the various network functions that were introduced in Chapter 1. We also provide an introduction to signaling in the telephone network, and we explain the basic principles of cellular telephone networks. The chapter is organized into the following sections: 1. Multiplexing. We explain multiplexing techniques that are used for sharing transmission resources, in particular frequency-division multiplexing and time-division multiplexing. We introduce the digital multiplexing hierarchy. 2. SONET. We explain the SONET standard for optical transmission, and we discuss the application of SONET systems to provide exible network con- guration and fault tolerance. 3. Wavelength-division multiplexing. We discuss wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), which can increase the transmission capacity of an optical ber by a factor of 100 or more. We also discuss the impact of WDM on network design. 192

2 4.1 Multiplexing Circuit switches. We consider the design of circuit switches that can be used to set up end-to-end physical connections across a network. 5. The telephone network. We discuss the operation of the telephone network, and we examine how transmission and switching facilities are organized to provide end-to-end physical connections. 6. Signaling. We introduce the signaling system in the telephone network and explain the signaling system's layered architecture. We also explain how the signaling system is used to provide enhanced services. 7. Traf c and overload controls. We consider the management of traf c ows in the network and the various techniques for routing circuits in a network. We then discuss the overload control mechanisms that are required when various problem conditions arise in telephone networks. 8. Cellular communications. We explain the frequency-reuse concept that underlies cellular communications. We explain the operation of cellular telephone networks, and we give an overview of the various standards. 9. Satellite cellular networks. We show how the cellular concept is applied in constellation of satellites that are con gured to provide global communications services. 4.1 MULTIPLEXING Multiplexing involves the sharing of expensive network resources by several connections or information ows. The network resource that is of primary interest to us in this section is bandwidth, which is measured in Hertz for analog transmission systems and bits/second for digital transmission systems. In this section we consider multiplexing techniques that are used to share a set of transmission lines among a community of users. These techniques are primarily used in telephone networks and in broadcasting services. In Figure 4.1a we show an example where three pairs of users communicate by using three separate sets of wires. 1 This arrangement, which completely dedicates network resources, that is, wires, to each pair of users, was typical in the very early days of telephony. However, this approach quickly becomes unwieldy and inef cient as the number of users increases. A better approach is to dynamically share a set of resources, that is, a set of transmission lines, among a community of users. In Figure 4.1b we show how a multiplexer allows this sharing to take place. When a customer on one end wishes to communicate with a customer at the other end, the multiplexer assigns a communication line for the duration of the call. When the call is completed, the transmission line is returned to the pool that is available to meet new connection requests. 1 A telephone connection requires two sets of wires for communication in each direction. To keep the discussion simple, we deal with communication in one direction only.

3 194 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network (a) (b) A B A B A B Mux Trunk group Mux A B C C C C FIGURE 4.1 Multiplexing Note that signaling between the two multiplexers is required to set up and terminate each call. The transmission lines connecting the two multiplexers are called trunks. Initially each trunk consisted of a single transmission line; that is, the information signal for one connection was carried in a single transmission line. However, advances in transmission technology made it possible for a single transmission line of large bandwidth to carry multiple connections. From the point of view of setting up connections, such a line can be viewed as being equivalent to a number of trunks. In the remainder of this section, we discuss several approaches to combining the information from multiple connections into a single line Frequency-Division Multiplexing Suppose that the transmission line has a bandwidth (measured in Hertz) that is much greater than that required by a single connection. For example, in Figure 4.2a each user has a signal of W Hz, and the channel that is available is greater than 3W Hz. In frequency-division multiplexing (FDM), the bandwidth is divided (a) Individual signals occupy W Hz A 0 W f FIGURE 4.2 Frequency-division multiplexing B 0 W C 0 W f f (b) Combined signal fits into channel bandwidth A B C f

4 4.1 Multiplexing 195 into a number of frequency slots, each of which can accommodate the signal of an individual connection. The multiplexer assigns a frequency slot to each connection and uses modulation to place the signal of the connection in the appropriate slot. This process results in an overall combined signal that carries all the connections as shown in Figure 4.2b. The combined signal is transmitted, and the demultiplexer recovers the signals corresponding to each connection. Reducing the number of wires that need to be handled reduces the overall cost of the system. FDM was introduced in the telephone network in the 1930s. The basic analog multiplexer combines 12 voice channels in one line. Each voice signal occupies 4 khz of bandwidth. The multiplexer modulates each voice signal so that it occupies a 4 khz slot in the band between 60 and 108 khz. The combined signal is called a group. A hierarchy of analog multiplexers has been de ned. For example, a supergroup (that carries 60 voice signals) is formed by multiplexing ve groups, each of bandwidth 48 khz, into the frequency band from 312 to 552 khz. Note that for the purposes of multiplexing, each group is treated as an individual signal. Ten supergroups can then be multiplexed to form a mastergroup of 600 voice signals that occupies the band 564 to 3084 khz. Various combinations of mastergroups have also been de ned. Familiar examples of FDM are broadcast radio and broadcast and cable television, where each station has an assigned frequency band. Stations in AM, FM, and television are assigned frequency bands of 10 khz, 200 khz, and 6 MHz, respectively. FDM is also used in cellular telephony where a pool of frequency slots, typically of 25 to 30 khz each, are shared by the users within a geographic cell. Each user is assigned a frequency slot for each direction. Note that in FDM the user information can be in analog or digital form and that the information from all the users ows simultaneously Time-Division Multiplexing In time-division multiplexing (TDM), the transmission between the multiplexers is provided by a single high-speed digital transmission line. Each connection produces a digital information ow that is then inserted into the high-speed line. For example in Figure 4.3a each connection generates a signal that produces one unit of information every 3T seconds. This unit of information could be a bit, a byte, or a xed-size block of bits. Typically, the transmission line is organized into frames that in turn are divided into equal-sized slots. For example, in Figure 4.3b the transmission line can send one unit of information every T seconds, and the combined signal has a frame structure that consists of three slots, one for each user. During connection setup each connection is assigned a slot that can accommodate the information produced by the connection. TDM was introduced in the telephone network in the early 1960s. The T-1 carrier system that carries 24 digital telephone connections is shown in Figure 4.4. Recall that a digital telephone speech signal is obtained by sampling a speech waveform 8000 times/second and by representing each sample with eight bits.

5 196 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network (a) Each signal transmits 1 unit every 3T seconds A 1 A 2 0T 3T 6T t FIGURE 4.3 Time-division multiplexing B 1 B 2 0T 3T 6T t C 1 C 2 0T 3T 6T t (b) Combined signal transmits 1 unit every T seconds A 1 B 1 C 1 A 2 B 2 C 2 0T 1T 2T 3T 4T 5T 6T t The T-1 system uses a transmission frame that consists of 24 slots of eight bits each. Each slot carries one PCM sample for a single connection. The beginning of each frame is indicated by a single bit that follows a certain perodic pattern. The resulting transmission line has a speed of ( ) bits/frame 8000 frames/second = Mbps Note how in TDM the slot size and the repetition rate determines the bit rate of the individual connections. The T-1 carrier system was introduced in 1961 to carry the traf c between telephone central of ces. The growth of telephone network traf c and the advances in digital transmission led to the development of a standard digital multiplexing hierarchy. The emergence of these digital hierarchies is analogous to the introduction of high-speed multilane expressways interconnecting major cities. These digital transmission hierarchies de ne the global ow of telephone traf c. Figure 4.5 shows the digital transmission hierarchies that were developed in North America and Europe. In North America and Japan, the digital signal 1 (DS1), which corresponds to the output of a T-1 multiplexer, became the basic building block. The DS2 signal is obtained by combining 4 DS1 signals, and the Mux Mux b b 24 Frame 24 FIGURE 4.4 T-1 carrier system

6 4.1 Multiplexing 197 North American digital hierarchy Primary multiplex e.g., digital switch 24 channel PCM DS Mbps 1 M12 multiplex 4 M13 multiplex DS Mbps DS Mbps M23 multiplex 7 DS Mbps 28 Primary multiplex e.g., digital switch 30 channel PCM CEPT Mbps European digital hierarchy CEPT 4 2nd Order Mbps 3rd Order Mbps 4th Order multiplex multiplex multiplex Mbps FIGURE 4.5 Basic digital hierarchies DS3 is obtained by combining 28 DS1 signals. The DS3 signal, with a speed of Mbps, has found extensive use in providing high-speed communications to large users such as corporations. In Europe the CCITT developed a similar digital hierarchy. The CEPT-1 (also referred to as E1) signal consisting of thirtytwo 64-kilobit channels forms the basic building block. 2 Only 30 of the 32 channels are used for voice channels; one of the other channels is used for signaling, and the other channel is used for frame alignment and link maintenance. The second, third, and fourth levels of the hierarchy are obtained by grouping four of the signals in the lower level, as shown in Figure 4.5. The operation of a time-division multiplexer involves tricky problems with the synchronization of the input streams. Figure 4.6 shows two streams, each with a nominal rate of one bit every T seconds, that are combined into a stream that sends two bits every T seconds. What happens if one of the streams is slightly slower than 1=T bps? Every T seconds, the multiplexer expects each input to provide a one-bit input; at some point the slow input will fail to produce its input bit. We will call this event a bit slip. Note that the ``late'' bit will be viewed as an ``early'' arrival in the next T-second interval. Thus the slow stream will alternate between being late, undergoing a bit slip, and then being early. Now consider what happens if one of the streams is slightly fast. Because bits are arriving faster than they can be sent out, bits will accumulate at the multiplexer and eventually be dropped. 2 These standards were rst developed by the Committee European de Post et Telegraph (CEPT).

7 198 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network t FIGURE 4.6 Relative timing of input and output streams in atdm multiplexer To deal with the preceding synchronization problems, time-division multiplexers have traditionally been designed to operate at a speed slightly higher than the combined speed of the inputs. The frame structure of the multiplexer output signal contains bits that are used to indicate to the receiving multiplexer that a slip has occurred. This approach enables the streams to be demultiplexed correctly. Note that the introduction of these extra bits to deal with slips implies that the frame structure of the output stream is not exactly synchronized to the frame structure of all the input streams. To extract an individual input stream from the combined signal, it is necessary to demultiplex the entire combined signal, make the adjustments for slips, and then remove the desired signal. This type of multiplexer is called ``asynchronous'' because the input frames are not synchronized to the output frame. 4.2 SONET In 1966 Charles Kao reported the feasibility of optical bers that could be used for communications. By 1977 a DS3 45 Mbps ber optic system was demonstrated in Chicago, Illinois. By 1998, 40 Gbps ber optic transmission systems had become available. The advances in optical transmission technology have occurred at a rapid rate, and the backbone of telephone networks has become dominated by ber optic digital transmission systems. As an example Figure 4.7 shows the optical ber network for a long-distance telephone carrier in The rst generation of equipment for optical ber transmission was proprietary, and no standards were available for the interconnection of equipment from different vendors. The deregulation of telecommunications in the United States led to a situation in which the long-distance carriers were expected to provide the interconnection between local telephone service providers. To meet the urgent need for standards to interconnect optical transmission systems, the Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) standard was developed in North America. The CCITT later developed a corresponding set of standards called Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH). SONET and SDH form the basis for current highspeed backbone networks.

8 4.2 SONET 199 FIGURE 4.7 Optical ber network for a long-distance telephone carrier in SONET Multiplexing The SONET standard uses a Mbps signal as a building block to extend the digital transmission hierarchy into the multigigabit range. SONET incorporates extensive capabilities for the operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) functions that are required to operate digital transmission facilities. It also introduces a synchronous format that greatly simpli es the handling of the lower-level digital signals and that enables network topologies that are self-healing in the presence of faults. Table 4.1 shows the SONET and SDH digital hierarchy. The synchronous transport signal level-1 (STS-1) is the basic building block of the SONET hierarchy. A higher-level signal in the hierarchy is obtained through the interleaving of bytes from the lower-level component signals. Each STS-n electrical signal has SONET electrical signal Optical signal Bit rate (Mbps) SDH electrical signal STS-1 OC STS-3 OC STM-1 STS-9 OC STM-3 STS-12 OC STM-4 STS-18 OC STM-6 STS-24 OC STM-8 STS-36 OC STM-12 STS-48 OC STM-16 STS-192 OC STM-64 STS-synchronous transport signal; OC-optical channel; STM-synchronous transfer module. TABLE 4.1 SONET digital hierarchy

9 200 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network a corresponding optical carrier level-n (OC-n) signal. The bit format of STS-n and OC-n signals is the same except for the use of scrambling in the optical signal. 3 The SDH standard refers to synchronous transfer modules-n (STM-n) signals and begins at a bit rate of Mbps. The SDH STM-1 signal is equivalent to the SONET STS-3 signal. The STS-1 signal accommodates the DS3 signal from the existing digital transmission hierarchy in North America. The STM-1 signal accommodates the CEPT-4 signal in the CCITT digital hierarchy. The STS-48 signal is widely deployed in the backbone of modern communication networks. SONET uses a frame structure that has the same 8 khz repetition rate as traditional TDM systems. SONET was designed to be very exible in the types of traf c that it can handle. SONET uses the term tributary to refer to the component streams that are multiplexed together. Figure 4.8 shows how a SONET multiplexer can handle a wide range of tributary types. A slow-speed mapping function allows DS1, DS2, and CEPT-1 signals to be combined into an STS-1 signal. As indicated above DS3 signal can be mapped into an STS-1 signal, and a CEPT-4 signal can be mapped into an STS-3 signal. A mapping has also been de ned for mapping ATM streams into an STS-3 signal. 4 A SONET multiplexer can then combine STS input signals into a higher-order STS-n signal. Details of DS1 DS2 CEPT-1 Low-speed mapping function STS Mbps DS CEPT Mediumspeed mapping function High-speed mapping function STS-1 STS-1 STS-1 STS-1 STS-3c MUX STS-n Scrambler E/O OC-n ATM 150 Mbps High-speed mapping function STS-1 STS-1 STS-1 STS-3c FIGURE 4.8 SONET multiplexing 3 Scrambling maps long sequences of 1s or 0s into sequences that contain a more even balance of 1s and 0s to facilitate bit-timing recovery. 4 ATM is introduced in Chapter 7 and discussed in detail in Chapter 9.

10 4.2 SONET 201 the SONET frame structure and the mappings into STS signal formats are provided in section Asynchronous multiplexing systems prior to SONET required the entire multiplexed stream to be demultiplexed to access a tributary, as shown in Figure 4.9a. Transit tributaries would then have to be remultiplexed onto the next hop. Thus every point of tributary removal or insertion required a demultiplexer-multiplexer pair. SONET produced signi cant reduction in cost by enabling add-drop multiplexers (ADM) to insert and extract tributary streams without disturbing tributary streams that are in transit as shown in Figure 4.9b. SONET accomplishes this process through the use of pointers that identify the location of a tributary within a frame. Pointers are explained in section ADMs in combination with SONET equipment allow distant switching nodes to be connected by tributaries. This arrangement allows the network operator to de ne networks of switching nodes with arbitrary topologies. As an example, Figure 4.10 shows three sites, a, b, and c, that are connected by three add-drop multiplexers. The ADMs are all connected in a unidirectional ring by an OC-3n optical transmission system that carries three STS-n signals. Figure 4.10 shows how, at node b, two STS-n tributaries are inserted destined for node c and for node a. The rst tributary terminates at node c, and the second tributary ows across node c and terminates at node a. The ADM at each other site also removes two STS-n tributaries and inserts two STS-n tributaries, and it passes one STS-n tributary unchanged as shown in Figure 4.11a. The rst inserted tributary is destined to the next node, and the other inserted tributary is destined to the remaining node. For example, the ADM at site c removes the tributaries indicated by the dotted and dashed lines that originated at nodes b and a, respectively. The ADM at site c also inserts tributaries destined from nodes a and b that are indicated by solid lines. The network in Figure 4.11a has a physical ring topology, but in fact, each pair of nodes is connected directly by an STS-n tributary, and so the three nodes are logically con gured in a fully connected topology, as shown in Figure 4.11b. If switches at each of the three (a) Pre-SONET multiplexing MUX DEMUX MUX DEMUX Remove tributary Insert tributary (b) SONET add-drop multiplexing MUX ADM DEMUX Remove tributary Insert tributary FIGURE 4.9 SONET add-drop multiplexing

11 202 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network a ADM FIGURE 4.10 SONET ring network OC-3n OC-3n STS-n STS-n b ADM OC-3n Physical ring topology ADM c sites are interconnected by these tributaries, then the switches would see a fully connected topology. The preceding example shows that nodes that do not have direct physical connections can be provided with direct logical connections through the use of tributaries that are added at the source node and dropped at the destination node. This approach allows the con guration of arbitrary logical topologies with arbitrary link transmission rates. Furthermore, this con guration can be done using software control. Thus we see that the introduction of SONET equipment provides the network operator with tremendous exibility in managing the transmission resources to meet the user requirements. SONET systems can be deployed in the form of self-healing rings. Such rings provide two paths between any two nodes in the ring, thus providing for fault recovery in the case of single node or link failure. Figure 4.12a shows a two- ber ring in which data is copied in both bers, one traveling clockwise and the other counterclockwise. In a normal operation one ber (clockwise) is in a working mode, while another (counterclockwise) is in a protect mode. When the bers between two nodes are broken, the ring wraps around as shown in Figure 4.12b. (a) a (b) a OC-3n OC-3n b b c OC-3n 3 ADMs connected in physical ring topology c Logical fully connected topology FIGURE 4.11 Con guration of logical networks using add-drop multiplexers

12 4.2 SONET 203 a a d b d b c c (a) Dual ring (b) Loop-around in response to fault FIGURE 4.12 Survivability in asonet ring Traf c continues to ow for all tributaries. A similar procedure is carried out in case of a node failure. In this case traf c is redirected by the two nodes adjacent to the affected node. Only traf c to the faulty node is discontinued. SONET ring networks typically recover from these types of faults in less than 50 milliseconds, depending on the length of the ring, which can span diameters of several thousand kilometers. The preceding discussion assumes a ``unidirectional'' ring. A SONET ring can also be bidirectional, in which case working traf c travels in both directions. Furthermore, a SONET ring can have either two bers or four bers per link. The capability to manage bandwidth exibly and to respond quickly to faults has altered the topology of long-distance and metropolitan area networks from a mesh of point-to-point links to interconnected ring networks. SONET ring networks can be deployed in a metropolitan area as shown in Figure User traf c is collected by access networks and directed to access nodes such as a telephone of ce. A number of such nodes are interconnected in a rst-tier ring network. Large users that cannot afford to lose service may be connected to an access node with dual paths as shown. A metropolitan area ring operating at a higher rate may in turn interconnect the rst tier ring networks. To provide protection against faults, rings may be interconnected by using matched interring gateways as shown between the interof ce ring and the metro ring and between the metro ring and the regional ring. The traf c ow between the rings is sent simultaneously along the primary and secondary gateway. Automated protection procedures determine whether the primary or secondary incoming traf c is directed into the ring. The metropolitan area ring, in turn, may connect to the ring of an interexchange or regional carrier as shown in the gure. Several variations of SONET rings can be deployed to provide survivability. The merits of the approaches depend to some extent on the size of the ring and the pattern of traf c ows between nodes. In the problem section we explore some of these issues.

13 204 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network Regional ring Metro ring Interoffice rings FIGURE 4.13 SONET ring structure in local, metropolitan, and regional networks ^4.2.2 SONET Frame Structure This section examines the SONET system and its frame structure. A SONET system is divided into three layers: sections, lines, and paths as shown in Figure 4.14a. A section refers to the span of ber between two adjacent devices, such as two repeaters. The section layer deals with the transmission of an STS-n signal across the physical medium. A line refers to the span between two adjacent multiplexers and therefore in general encompasses several sections. Lines deal with the transport of an aggregate multiplexed stream of user information and the associated overhead. A path refers to the span between the two SONET terminals at the endpoints of the system and in general encompasses one or more lines. In general the multiplexers associated with the path level, for example, STS- 1, are lower in the hierarchy than the multiplexers in the line level, for example, STS-3 or STS-48, as shown in Figure 4.14a. The reason is that a typical information ow begins at some bit rate at the edge of the network, which is then combined into higher-level aggregate ows inside the network, and nally delivered back at the original lower bit rate at the outside edge of the network. Figure 4.14b shows that every section has an associated optical layer. The section layer deals with the signals in their electrical form, and the optical layer deals with the transmission of optical pulses. It can be seen that every regenerator involves converting the optical signal to electrical form to carry out the regeneration function and then back to optical form. Note also in Figure 4.14b that all of the equipment implements the optical and section functions. Line functions are found in the multiplexers and end terminal equipment. The path function occurs only at the end terminal equipment.

14 4.2 SONET 205 (a) STS PTE SONET terminal LTE MUX STE STE STE Reg Reg Reg LTE MUX STS PTE SONET terminal Section Section STS Line STS-1 Path STE: Section terminating equipment, for example, a repeater LTE: Line terminating equipment, for example, an STS-1 to STS-3 multiplexer PTE: Path terminating equipment, for example, an STS-1 multiplexer (b) Path Path Line Line Line Line Section Section Section Section Section Section Section Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical FIGURE 4.14 Section, line, and path layers of SONET Figure 4.15 shows the structure of the SONET STS-1 frame that is de ned at the line level. A frame consisting of a rectangular array of bytes arranged in 9 rows by 90 bytes is repeated 8000 times a second. 5 Thus each byte in the array corresponds to a bit rate of 64 kbps, and the overall bit rate of the STS-1 is ˆ 51:84 Mbps The rst three columns of the array are allocated to section and line overhead. The section overhead is interpreted and modi ed at every section termination and is used to provide framing, error monitoring, and other section-related management functions. The line overhead is interpreted and modi ed at every line termination and is used to provide synchronization and multiplexing for the path layer, as well as protection-switching capability. We will see that the rst three bytes of the line overhead play a crucial role in how multiplexing is carried out. The remaining 87 columns of the frame constitute the information payload that carries the path layer information. The bit rate of the information payload is ˆ 50:122 Mbps The information payload includes one column of path overhead information, but the column is not necessarily aligned to the frame for reasons that will soon become apparent. 5 The bits are physically transmitted row by row and from left to right.

15 206 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network 90 Bytes Section overhead 3 rows B B B 87B Line overhead 6 rows Information payload 9 Rows Transport overhead 125 µs FIGURE 4.15 SONET STS-1 frame format Consider next how the end-to-end user information is organized at the path level. The user data and the path overhead are included in the synchronous payload envelope (SPE), which consists of a byte array of 87 columns by nine rows, as shown in Figure The path overhead constitutes the rst column of this array. This SPE is then inserted into the STS-1 frame. The SPE is not necessarily aligned to the information payload of an STS-1 frame. Instead, the rst two bytes of the line overhead are used as a pointer that indicates the byte within the information payload where the SPE begins. Consequently, the SPE can be spread over two consecutive frames as shown in Figure The use of the pointer makes it possible to extract a tributary signal from the multiplexed signal. This feature gives SONET its add-drop capability. The pointer structure shown in Figure 4.16 maintains synchronization of frames and SPEs in situations where their clock frequencies differ slightly. If the payload stream is faster than the frame rate, then a buffer is required to hold payload bits as the frame stream falls behind the payload stream. To allow the frame to catch up, an extra SPE byte is transmitted in a frame from time to time. This extra byte, which is carried within the line overhead, clears the backlog that has built up. Whenever this byte is inserted, the pointer is moved forward by one byte to indicate that the SPE starting point has been moved one byte forward. When the payload stream is slower than the frame stream, the number of SPE bytes transmitted in a frame needs to be reduced by one byte from time to time. This is done by stuf ng an SPE byte with dummy information and adjusting the pointer to indicate that the SPE now starts one byte later. 6 Imagine an STS-1 signal as a conveyor belt with byte frames drawn on the belt. The SPEs are boxes of size 90 9 that are placed on the conveyor belt but are not necessarily aligned to the frame boundary. This situation occurs because boxes are transferred between conveyor belts ``on the y.''

16 4.2 SONET 207 Frame k Pointer First octet 87 Columns Synchronous payload envelope 9 Rows Frame k + 1 Pointer First column is path overhead Last octet FIGURE 4.16 The synchronous payload envelope can span two consecutive frames Now consider how n STS-1 signals are multiplexed into an STS-n signal. Each STS-1 signal is rst synchronized to the local STS-1 clock of the multiplexer as follows. The section and line overhead of the incoming STS-1 signal are terminated, and its payload (SPE) is mapped into a new STS-1 frame that is synchronized to the local clock as shown in Figure The pointer in the new STS-1 frame is adjusted as necessary, and the mapping is done on the y. This procedure ensures that all the incoming STS-1 frames are mapped into STS-1 frames that are synchronized with respect to each other. The STS-n frame is produced by interleaving the bytes of the n synchronized STS-1 frames, in effect producing a frame that has nine rows, 3n section and line overhead columns, and 87n payload columns. To multiplex k STS-n signals into an STS-kn signal, the incoming signals are rst de-interleaved into STS-1 signals and then the above procedure is applied. STS-1 STS-1 Map STS-1 STS-1 STS-1 STS-1 Map STS-1 STS-1 Byte interleave STS-3 STS-1 STS-1 Map STS-1 STS-1 Incoming STS-1 frames Synchronized new STS-1 frames FIGURE 4.17 Synchronous multiplexing in SONET

17 208 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network Various mappings have also been de ned to combine lower-speed tributaries of various formats into standard SONET streams as shown in Figure 4.8. For example, a SONET STS-1 signal can be divided into virtual tributary signals that accommodate lower-bit-rate streams. In each SPE, 84 columns are set aside and divided into seven groups of 12 columns. Each group constitutes a virtual tributary and has a bit rate of ˆ 6:912 Mbps. Alternatively, each virtual tributary can be viewed as 12 9 ˆ 108 voice channels. Thus mappings have been developed so that a virtual tributary can accommodate four T-1 carrier signals 4 24 ˆ 96 < 108, or three CEPT-1 signals 3 32 ˆ 96 < 108. The SPE can then handle any mix of T-1 and CEPT-1 signals that can be accommodated in its virtual tributaries. In particular the SPE can handle a maximum of 7 4 ˆ 28 T-1 carrier signals or 3 7 ˆ 21 CEPT-1 signals. A mapping has also been developed so that a single SPE signal can handle one DS3 signal. Several STS-1 frames can be concatenated to accommodate signals with bit rates that cannot be handled by a single STS-1. The suf x c is appended to the signal designation when concatenation is used to accommodate a signal that has a bit rate higher than STS-1. Thus an STS-3c signal is used to accommodate a CEPT Mbps signal. Concatenated STS frames carry only one column of path overhead. For example, the SPE in an STS-3 frame has 86 3 ˆ 258 columns of user data, whereas the SPE in an STS-3c frame carries ˆ 260 columns of user data. A mapping has also been developed so that an STS-3c frame can carry streams of ATM cells. 4.3 WAVELENGTH-DIVISION MULTIPLEXING Current optical ber transmission systems can operate at bit rates in the tens of Gbps. The underlying available electronics technologies have a maximum speed limit in the tens of Gbps. Similarly, laser diodes can support bandwidths in the tens of GHz. In Figure 3.45 in Chapter 3, we can see that a range of lowattenuation wavelengths about 100 nm wide is available in the 1300 nm range. This range corresponds to a bandwidth of 18 terahertz (THz). Another band of about 100 nm in the 1550 nm range provides another 19 THz of bandwidth. Recall that 1 THz = 1000 GHz. Clearly the available technology does not come close to exploiting the available bandwidth. The information carried by a single optical ber can be increased through the use of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM). WDM can be viewed as an optical-domain version of FDM in which multiple information signals modulate optical signals at different optical wavelengths (colors). The resulting signals are combined and transmitted simultaneously over the same optical ber as shown in Figure Prisms and diffraction gratings can be used to combine and split color signals. For example, WDM systems are available that use 16 wavelengths at OC-48 to provide aggregate rates up to 16 2:5 Gbps = 40 Gbps. Figure

18 4.3 Wavelength-Division Multiplexing 209 λ 1 Optical MUX Optical demux λ 1 λ 2 λ m λ 1 λ 2, λ m Optical fiber λ 2 λ m FIGURE 4.18 Wavelength-division multiplexing 4.19 shows the transmitted signal in one such system. WDM systems with 32 wavelengths at OC-192 are also available with a total bit rate of 320 Gbps. The attraction of WDM is that a huge increase in available bandwidth is obtained without the huge investment associated with deploying additional optical ber. The additional bandwidth can be used to carry more traf c and can also provide the additional protection bandwidth required by self-healing topologies. Early WDM systems differ in substantial ways from electronic FDM systems. In FDM the channels are separated by frequency guard bands that are small relative to the bandwidth of each channel slot. This con guration is possible because the devices for carrying out the required modulation, ltering, and demodulation are available. This narrow spacing is not the case for WDM systems. Consequently, the spacing between wavelengths in WDM systems tends to be large compared to the bandwidth of the information carried by each wavelength. Optical add-drop multiplexers have been designed for WDM systems. The assignment of wavelengths in various multiplexer con gurations can then be 15.8 Power in dbm (10 db/division) Wavelength (2 nm/division) FIGURE 4.19 Optical signal in a WDM system

19 210 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network used to create networks with various logical topologies. In these topologies a light path between two nodes is created by inserting information at an assigned wavelength at the source node, bypassing intermediate nodes, and removing the information at the destination node. Figure 4.20a shows a chain of optical adddrop multiplexers in which a single ber connects adjacent multiplexers. Each ber contains a set of four wavelengths that are removed and inserted to provide a one-directional communication link from upstream to downstream nodes. Thus a has a link to each of b, c, and d; b has a link to each of c and d; and c has a link to d. Figure 4.20b shows a WDM ring network in which three nodes are connected by three optical bers that carry three wavelengths. Each node removes two wavelengths and inserts two wavelengths so that each pair of nodes is connected by an information stream owing in one wavelength. In effect a fully connected logical network is produced. We again see that through the assignment of wavelengths, it is possible to obtain logical topologies that differ from the physical topology. This capability can be exploited to provide survivability with respect to faults and topology recon gurability to meet changing network requirements. The introduction of WDM and optical add-drop multiplexers into a network adds a layer of logical abstraction between the physical topology and the logical topology that is seen by the systems that send traf c ows through the network. The physical topology consists of the optical add-drop multiplexers intercon- (a) WDM chain network a b c d (b) WDM ring network a 3 ADMs b FIGURE 4.20 Network con gurations using WDM multiplexers c

20 4.4 Circuit Switches 211 nected with a number of optical bers. The manner in which light paths are de ned by the optical ADMs in the WDM system determines the topology that is seen by SONET ADMs that are interconnected by these light paths. The systems that input tributaries into the SONET network in turn may see a different topology that is de ned by the SONET system. For example, in Figure 4.20b each node could correspond to a different metropolitan area. Each metropolitan area might have a network of interconnected SONET rings. The light paths between the areas provide a direct interconnection between these metropolitan networks. In WDM each wavelength is modulated separately, so each wavelength need not carry information in the same transmission format. Thus some wavelengths might carry SONET formatted information streams, while others might carry Gigabit Ethernet formatted information or other transmission formats. HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF... AGAIN Optical transmission is still in the early stages of development relative to its potential, so it is interesting to examine its possible evolution given the history of networks in the 19 th and 20 th centuries. During this period networks went through a cycle from digital techniques in telegraphy to analog techniques in the early phase of telephony and back to digital techniques in modern networks. WDM technology is clearly in the analog phase of this development cycle, and necessarily so because of limitations in electronic and optical devices. By looking to the past, we can see clearly that optical time-division multiplexing must be on the horizon. With the development of optical implementation of simple logical operations, we can also expect some forms of optical packet switching and optical code division systems (introduced in Chapter 6). Looking further into the future, optical computing, should it become available, would affect networking as much as computer control changed signaling in telephone networks and inexpensive processing made the Internet possible. These insights are gained from looking to the past. Of course, then we have the radical ideas that (appear to) come out of nowhere to change the course of history. Stay tuned! 4.4 CIRCUIT SWITCHES A network is frequently represented as a cloud that connects multiple users as shown in Figure 4.21a. A circuit-switched network is a generalization of a physical cable in the sense that it provides connectivity that allows information to ow between inputs and outputs to the network. Unlike a cable, however, a

21 212 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network (a) Network (b) Switch Control Link Switch User n User n Connection of inputs to outputs User 1 N N FIGURE 4.21 Network consists of links and switches network is geographically distributed and consists of a graph of transmission lines (that is, links) interconnected by switches (nodes). As shown in Figure 4.21b, the function of a circuit switch is to transfer the signal that arrives at a given input to an appropriate output. The interconnection of a sequence of transmission links and circuit switches enables the ow of information between inputs and outputs in the network. In the rst part of this section we consider the design of circuit switches that transfer the information from one incoming link to one outgoing link. The rst telephone switches were of this type and involved the establishment of a physical path across the switch that enabled the ow of current from an input line to an output line. The principle of circuit switches is general, however, and one could consider the design of optical circuit switches that enable the transfer of optical signals from an input line to an output line. In many cases the input lines to a switch contain multiplexed information ows, and the purpose of the switch is to transfer each speci c sub ow from an input line to a speci c sub ow in a given output line. In principle the incoming ows must rst be demultiplexed to extract the sub ows that can then be transferred by the switch to the desired output links. In section we consider the case where the incoming and outgoing ows are time-division multiplexed streams. The associated digital circuit switches form the basis for modern telephone switches Space-Division Switches The rst switches we consider are called space-division switches because they provide a separate physical connection between inputs and outputs so the different signals are separated in space. Figure 4.22 shows the crossbar switch, which is an example of this type of switch. The crossbar switch consists of an N N array of crosspoints that can connect any input to any available output. When a request comes in from an incoming line for an outgoing line, the corresponding crosspoint is closed to enable information to ow from the input to the

22 4.4 Circuit Switches FIGURE 4.22 Crossbar switch N 1 2 N 1 N output. The crossbar switch is said to be nonblocking; in other words, connection requests are never denied because of lack of connectivity resources, that is, crosspoints. Connection requests are denied only when the requested outgoing line is already engaged in another connection. The complexity of the crossbar switch as measured by the number of crosspoints is N 2. This number grows quickly with the number of input and output ports. Thus a 1000-input-by-1000-output switch requires 10 6 crosspoints, and a 100,000 by 100,000 switch requires crosspoints. In the next section we show how the number of crosspoints can be reduced by using multistage switches. ^MULTISTAGE SWITCHES Figure 4.23 shows a multistage switch that consists of three stages of smaller space-division switches. The N inputs are grouped into N=n groups of n input lines. Each group of n input lines enters a small switch in the rst stage that 2(N/n)nk + k(n/n) 2 crosspoints n k 1 N/n N/n 1 k n 1 N inputs n k 2 n k 3 N/n N/n 2 k n 2 k n 3 N outputs n k N/n N/n N/n k k n N/n FIGURE 4.23 Multistage switch

23 214 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network consists of an n n array of crosspoints. Each input switch has one line connecting it to each of k intermediate stage N=n N=n switches. Each intermediate switch in turn has one line connecting it to each of the N=n switches in the third stage. The latter switches are k n. In effect each set of n input lines shares k possible paths to any one of the switches at the last stage; that is, the rst path goes through the rst intermediate switch, the second path goes through the second intermediate switch, and so on. The resulting multistage switch is not necessarily nonblocking. For example, if k < n, then as soon as a switch in the rst stage has k connections, all other connections will be blocked. The question of determining when a multistage switch becomes nonblocking was answered by [Clos 1953]. Consider any desired input and any desired output such as those shown in Figure The worst case for the desired input is when all the other inputs in its group have already been connected. Similarly, the worst case for the desired output is when all the other outputs in its group have already been connected. The set of routes that maximize the number of intermediate switches already in use by the given input and output groups is shown in Figure That is, each existing connection uses a different intermediate switch. Therefore, the maximum number of intermediate switches not available to connect the desired input to the desired output is 2 n 1. Now suppose that k ˆ 2n 1; then k paths are available from any input group to any output group. Because 2 n 1 of these paths are already in use, it then follows that a single path remains available to connect the desired input to the desired output. Thus the multistage switch with k ˆ 2n 1 is nonblocking. The number of crosspoints required in a three-stage switch is the sum of the following components: N=n input switches nk crosspoints/input switch. k intermediate switches N=n 2 crosspoints/intermediate switch. N=n output switches nk crosspoints/output switch. Desired input n k 1 n k j n k N/n n 1 busy Free path N/n N/n 1 N/n N/n n 1 N/n N/n n N/n N/n 2n 2 N/n N/n 2n 1 n 1 busy Free path k n 1 k n m k n N/n Desired output FIGURE 4.24 Amultistage switch is nonblocking if kˆ2n 1

24 4.4 Circuit Switches 215 In this case the total number of crosspoints is 2Nk k N=n 2. The number of crosspoints required to make the switch nonblocking is 2N 2n 1 2n 1 N=n 2. The number of crosspoints can be minimized through the choice of group size n. By differentiating the above expression with respect to n, we nd that the number of crosspoints is minimized if n N=2 1=2. The minimum number of crosspoints is then 4N 2N 1=2 1. We then see that the minimum number of crosspoints grows at a rate proportional to N 1:5, which is less than the N 2 growth rate of a crossbar switch. When k < 2n 1, there is a nonzero probability that a connection request will be blocked. The methods for calculating these probabilities can be found in [Bellamy 1991, pp. 234±242] Time-Division Switches In the rst part of this chapter, we explained how TDM could replace multiple physical lines by a single high-speed line. In TDM a slot within a frame corresponds to a single connection. The time-slot interchange (TSI) technique replaces the crosspoints in a space switch with the reading and writing of a slot into a memory. Suppose we have a number of pairs of speakers in conversation. The speech of each speaker is digitized to produce a sequence of 8000 bytes/second. Suppose that the bytes from all the speakers are placed into a T-1 carrier, as shown in Figure Suppose also that the rst pair of speakers has been assigned slots 1 and 23. For the speakers to hear each other, we need to route slots 1 and 23 in the incoming frames to slots 23 and 1 in the outgoing frames. Similarly, if the second pair of speakers is assigned slots 2 and 24, we need to interchange incoming slots 2 and 4 with outgoing slots 24 and 2, respectively. From 1 TDM 2 DeMUX Read slots in permuted order FIGURE 4.25 Time-slot interchange technique To TDM MUX

25 216 CHAPTER 4 Transmission Systems and the Telephone Network Figure 4.25 shows the interchange technique: The octets in each incoming frame are written into a register. The call setup procedure has set a permutation table that controls the order in which the contents of the register are read out. Thus the outgoing frame begins by reading the contents of slot 23, followed by slot 24, and so on until slots 1 and 2 are read, as shown in the gure. This procedure can connect any input to any available output. Because frames come in at a rate of 8000 times a second and the time-slot interchange requires one memory write and one memory read operation per slot, the maximum number of slots per frame that can be handled is 125sec Maximum number of slots ˆ 2 memory cycle time For example, if the memory cycle time is 125 nanoseconds, then the maximum number of slots is 500, which can accommodate 250 connections. The development of the TSI technique was crucial in completing the digitization of the telephone network. Starting in 1961 digital transmission techniques were introduced in the trunks that interconnected telephone central of ces. Initially, at each of ce the digital streams would be converted back to analog form and switched by using space switches of the type discussed above. The introduction of TSI in digital time-division switches led to signi cant reductions in cost and to improvements in performance by obviating the need to convert back to analog form. Most modern telephone backbone networks are now entirely digital in terms of transmission and switching. ^TIME-SPACE-TIME SWITCHES We now consider a hybrid switch design in which TSI switches are used at the input and output stages and a crossbar space switch is used at the intermediate stage. These switches are called time-space-time switches. The design approach is to establish an exact correspondence between the input lines in a space-division switch in the rst stage and time slots in a TSI switch. Suppose we replace the n k switch in the rst stage of a multistage space switch by an n k TSI switch, as shown in Figure Each input line to the switch corresponds to a slot, so the TSI switch has input frames of size n slots. Similarly, the output frame from the TSI switch has k slots. Thus the operation of the TSI switch involves taking the n slots from the incoming frame and reading them out in a frame of size k, according to some preset permutation table. Note that for the system to operate in synchronous fashion, the transmission time of an input frame must be equal to the transmission time of an output frame. Thus, for example, if k ˆ 2n 1, then the internal speed is nearly double the speed of the incoming line. Consider now the ow of slots between the switches in the rst stage and the switches in the intermediate stage. We assume that frames coming out of the TSI switches in the rst stage are synchronized. Consider what happens as the rst slot in a frame comes out of the rst stage. This rst slot corresponds to the rst output line out of each of the rst stage switches. Recall from Figure 4.23 that the rst line out of each rst stage switch is connected to the rst intermediate switch. Thus the rst slot in each intermediate frame will be directed to inter-

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