Dynamic resource allocation with service guarantees over large scale optical networks

Dept. of Telecommun. Sci. & Technol., Univ. of Peloponnese, Tripolis, Greece
IEEE Communications Letters (Impact Factor: 1.16). 12/2009; DOI: 10.1109/LCOMM.2009.081336
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