Optical Path Accommodation Designs Applicable to Large Scale Networks

Yoshiyuki HAMAZUMI
Ken-ichi SATO

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E78-B    No.4    pp.597-607
Publication Date: 1995/04/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Optical Communication
optical path,  wavelength division multiplexing,  number of wavelengths,  path accommodation design,  heuristic procedure,  

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Optical path technology that employs both WDM/FDM and wavelength routing will play a key role in supporting future high bandwidth transport networks. WP/VWP (Wavelength Path/Virtual Wavelength Path) technologies are very effective in realizing optical path networks. In these networks, since photonic wavelengths are scarce resources, the number of wavelengths required to construct the network must be minimized. However, the wavelength assignment problem, minimizing the number of wavelengths, is an NP-complete problem. Solving this problem heuristically is an important issue for designing large-scale WP/VWP based networks that are also practical. To realize optical path networks, we need to develop path accommodation design algorithms that heuristically solve the wavelength assignment problem. This paper proposes novel path accommodation design algorithms for WP/VWP networks that minimize the number of wavelengths required. We numerically elucidate that the numbers of wavelengths required for active WPs and VWPs are almost equal. When link failure restoration is considered, they are different; more wavelengths are needed with the WP scheme than with the VWP scheme. It is also demonstrated that the proposed algorithms are applicable to a large scale network design.