A pragmatic approach for designing transparent WDM optical networks with multi-objectives

by   Dao Thanh Hai, et al.

In facing with the explosive Internet traffic growth, optical transport networks based on WDM technologies forming the core part of Internet infrastructure carrying multi-Tb/s has to be re-considered from both designing, planning, operation and management perspectives to attain greater efficiency. Thanks to the convergence of significant advances in optical transmission technologies, and photonic switching, transparent (all-optical) architecture has come into practice, paving the way for eliminating the over-utilization of costly optical-electrical-optical (O-E-O) interfaces and hence, yielding remarkable savings of cost and energy consumption compared to opaque architecture. Traditional designs for transparent optical networks based on single-objective optimization model aiming at optimizing solely a single performance metric appears to be insufficient to capture the nuances of practical designs while conventional multi-objective approach tends to reach (non-) optimal solutions. Different from existing works, we present a new framework for multi-objective WDM network designs capturing several goals on one hand and on the other hand, achieving optimal solutions. Moreover, our proposal exploits the characteristics of each constituent objectives to lay the foundation for setting up weight coefficient so that the order of optimization is guaranteed. Equally important, our proposal is pragmatic in the sense that the complexity of the optimization model remains the same as the single-objective model while the quality of solution has been greatly improved. We have extensively tested realistic optical core networks topologies, that is, COST239 and NSFNET, with various network traffic conditions and it turns out that our design brings about a saving of wavelength link usage up to roughly 28% in the most favorable cases while 14% is expected for the least favorable cases.



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