Photonic Network Communications

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 191–207

Capacity Efficiency and Restorability of Path Protection and Rerouting in WDM Networks Subject to Dual Failures



Resilient optical networks are predominately designed to protect against single failures of fiber links. But in larger networks, operators also see dual failures. As the capacity was planned for single failures, disconnections can occur by dual failures even if enough topological connectivity is provided. In our approach the design of the network minimizes the average loss caused by dual failures, while single failures are still fully survived. High dual failure restorability is the primary aim, capacity is optimized in a second step. For WDM networks with full wavelength conversion, we formulate mixed integer linear programming models for dedicated path protection, shared (backup) path protection, and path rerouting with and without stub-release. For larger problem instances in path rerouting, we propose two heuristics. Computational results indicate that the connectivity is of much more importance for high restorability values than the overall protection capacity. Shared protection has similar restorability levels as dedicated protection while the capacity is comparable to rerouting. Rerouting surpasses the protection mechanisms in restorability and comes close to 100% dual failure survivability. Compared to single failure planning, both shared path protection and rerouting need significantly more capacity in dual failure planning.

multiple failures path protection rerouting path restoration WDM networks 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Communication NetworksMunich University of TechnologyMunichGermany

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