Highly-Reliable and Fast M:N End-to-End Restoration Scheme for Photonic IP Networks

NTT DATA Corporation, Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
IEICE Transactions on Communications (Impact Factor: 0.23). 10/2005; E88B(10). DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e88-b.10.3914
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The concept of an optical path layer has become increasingly attractive with the growth of traffic in the backbone network. The recent advances in optical switching technology support the deployment of optical cross-connect (OXC) nodes and the construction of large-scale optical path networks. This paper proposes a highly-reliable and fast pre-assigned restoration scheme for optical path networks. To achieve the pre-assigned restoration scheme, this paper investigates the extension of the Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) protocol functionality considering the interoperability with GMPLS capable IP routers in the future. This paper also proposes a new network control architecture called the “partition model” through discussion of network architecture. We clarify that the M:N end-to-end restoration scheme achieves efficient resource usage and management of the network especially in the “partitioned model” network. With the finite design of the GMPLS protocol extension based on the M:N end-to-end restoration scheme, we successfully achieve an intelligent protocol that guarantees 100% recovery against single link failure and is capable of protection grade fast restoration of the optical path less than 50 msec. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of GMPLS-controlled protection grade fast optical path restoration.

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