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Lightpath assignment for multifibers WDM networks with wavelength translators

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2 Author(s)
Coudert, D. ; Mascotte Project, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France ; Rivano, H.

We consider the problem of finding a lightpath assignment for a given set of communication requests on a multifiber WDM optical network with wavelength translators. Given such a network and w, the number of wavelengths available on each fiber, k, the number of fibers per link, and c, the number of partial wavelength translations available on each node, our problem stands for deciding whether it is possible to find a w-lightpath for each request in the set such that there is no link carrying more that k lightpaths using the same wavelength nor node where more than c wavelength translations take place. Our main theoretical result is the writing of this problem as a particular instance of integral multicommodity flow, hence integrating routing and wavelength assignment in the same model. We then provide three heuristics mainly based upon randomized rounding of fractional multicommodity flow and enhancements that are three different answers to the trade-off between efficiency and tightness of approximation, and discuss their practical performances on both theoretical and real-world instances.

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Global Telecommunications Conference, 2002. GLOBECOM '02. IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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17-21 Nov. 2002