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Cycle-oriented distributed preconfiguration: ring-like speed with mesh-like capacity for self-planning network restoration

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2 Author(s)
Grover, W.D. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Alberta Univ., Edmonton, Alta., Canada ; Stamatelakis, D.

Cycle-oriented preconfiguration of spare capacity is a new idea for the design and operation of mesh-restorable networks. It offers a sought-after goal: to retain the capacity-efficiency of a mesh-restorable network, while approaching the speed of line-switched self-healing rings. We show that through a strategy of pre-failure cross-connection between the spare links of a mesh network, it is possible to achieve 100% restoration with little, if any, additional spare capacity than in a mesh network. In addition, we find that this strategy requires the operation of only two cross-connections per restoration path. Although spares are connected into cycles, the method is different than self-healing rings because each preconfigured cycle contributes to the restoration of more failure scenarios than can a ring. Additionally, two restoration paths may be obtained from each pre-formed cycle, whereas a ring only yields one restoration path for each failure it addresses. We give an optimal design formulation and results for preconfiguration of spare capacity and describe a distributed self-organizing protocol through which a network can continually approximate the optimal preconfiguration state

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Communications, 1998. ICC 98. Conference Record. 1998 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:1 )

Date of Conference:

7-11 Jun 1998