A Comparative Study of Mesh and Multi-Ring Designs for Survivable WDM Networks


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E83-B   No.10   pp.2270-2277
Publication Date: 2000/10/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Advanced Internetworking based on Photonic Network Technologies)
wavelength division multiplexing,  wavelength conversion,  mesh design,  multi-ring design,  heuristic approach,  

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In this paper, two distinct optical network design approaches, namely mesh and multi-ring, for survivable WDM networks are investigated. The main objective is to compare these two design approaches in terms of network costs so that their merits in practical environments can be identified. In the mesh network design, a new mathematical model based on integer liner programming (ILP) and a heuristic algorithm are presented for achieving a minimal cost network design. In the multi-ring network design, a heuristic algorithm that can be applied to large network problems is proposed. The influence of wavelength conversion and the number of wavelengths multiplexed in a fiber on system designs are also discussed. Based on the simulation results, the redundancy quantities required for full protection in multi-ring approach are significantly larger in comparison to the minimal cost mesh counterpart.