Path protection in optical flexible networks with distance-adaptive modulation formats

Abstract : Thanks to a flexible frequency grid, Elastic Optical Networks (EONs) will support a more efficient usage of the spectrum resources. On the other hand, this efficiency may lead to even more disruptive effects of a failure on the number of involved connections with respect to traditional networks. In this paper, we study the problem of providing path protection to the lightpaths against a single fiber failure event in the optical layer. Our optimization task is to minimize the spectrum requirements for the protection in the network. We develop a scalable exact mathematical model using column generation for both shared and dedicated path protection schemes. The model takes into account practical constraints such as the modulation format, regenerators, and shared risk link groups. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our model through extensive simulation on two real-world topologies of different sizes. Finally, we compare the two protection schemes under different scenario assumptions, studying the impact of factors such as number of regenerators and demands on their performances.
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Andrea Tomassilli, Brigitte Jaumard, Frédéric Giroire. Path protection in optical flexible networks with distance-adaptive modulation formats. 2018 International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM), May 2018, Dublin, France. ⟨10.23919/ONDM.2018.8396102⟩. ⟨hal-01921082⟩

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