Coded Path Protection Part 1: Efficient Conversion of Sharing to Coding
Link failures in wide area networks are common and cause significant data losses. Mesh-based protection schemes offer high capacity efficiency but they are slow and require complex signaling. Additionally, real-time reconfigurations of cross-connects threaten their transmission integrity. On the other hand, there are other schemes that are proactive. Pro-activity results in higher restoration speed, lower signaling complexity, and higher transmission integrity. This paper introduces a coding-based proactive protection scheme, named Coded Path Protection (CPP). In CPP, a backup stream of the primary data is encoded with other data streams, resulting in capacity savings.