Networking

All-Optical Unicast/Multicast Routing in WDM Networks

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Executive Summary

Optical Transport Networks (OTN) must be prepared in terms of better resource utilization, for accommodating unicast and multicast traffic together. Light-trees have been proposed for supporting multicast connections in OTN. Nevertheless when Traffic Grooming is applied in light-trees, resources can be underutilized as traffic can be routed to undesirable destinations in order to avoid Optical-Electrical-Optical (OEO) conversions. In this paper, a novel architecture named S/G Lighttree for supporting unicast/multicast connections is proposed. The architecture allows traffic dropping and aggregation in different wavelengths without performing OEO conversions. A heuristic that routes traffic demands using less wavelengths by taking advantage of the proposed architecture is designed as well.

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