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Ant colony optimisation for virtual-wavelength-path routing and wavelength allocation

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2 Author(s)
Varela, G.N. ; Dept. of Electron. Syst. Eng., Essex Univ., Colchester, UK ; Sinclair, M.C.

Ant Colony Optimisation (ACO) is applied to the problem of routing and wavelength allocation in a multi-wavelength all-optical virtual-wavelength-path routed transport network. Three variants of our ACO algorithm are proposed: local update (LU), global update/distance (GU/D) and global update/occupancy (GU/O). All three extend the usual practice that ants are attracted by the pheromone trail of ants from their own colony: in our work, the artificial ants are also repelled by the pheromone of other colonies. Overall, the best ACO variant, GU/O, provides results that approach those of an earlier problem-specific heuristic on small- and medium-sized networks

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Evolutionary Computation, 1999. CEC 99. Proceedings of the 1999 Congress on  (Volume:3 )

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1999