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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Arun K. Somani


This dissertation addresses several important survivable design issues in WDM mesh networks;Shared backup path protection has been shown to be efficient in terms of capacity utilization, due to the sharing of backup capacity. However, sharing of backup capacity also complicates the restoration process, and leads to slow recovery. The p-cycle scheme is the most efficient ring-type protection method in terms of capacity utilization. Recently, the concept of pre-cross-connected protection was proposed to increase the recovery speed of shared path protection. We overview these protection methods. The recovery time of these schemes are compared analytically. We formulate integer programming optimization problems for three protection methods in static traffic scenario, considering wavelength continuity constraint;We develop a p-cycle based scheme to deal with dynamic traffic in WDM networks. We use a two-step approach. In first step, we find a set of p-cycles to cover the network and reserve enough capacity in p-cycles. In second step, we route the requests as they randomly arrive one by one. We propose two routing algorithms. Compared to the shared path protection, the p-cycle based design has the advantage of fast recovery, less control signaling, less dynamic state information to be maintained. To evaluate the blocking performance of proposed method, we compare it with shared backup path protection by extensive simulations;We propose a path-based protection method for two-link failures in mesh optical networks. We identify the scenarios where the backup paths can share their wavelengths without violating 100% restoration guarantee (backup multiplexing). We use integer linear programming to optimize the total capacity requirement for both dedicated- and shared-path protection schemes;The recently proposed light trail architecture offers a promising candidate for carrying IP centric traffic over optical networks. The survivable design is a critical part of the integral process of network design and operation. We propose and compare two protection schemes. The survivable light trail design problem using connection based protection model is solved using a two-step approach. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)



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Wensheng He



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119 pages