Date Added: Feb 2012
Sharing of functionalities and sharing of network resources are effective solutions for improving the cost-effectiveness of Wavelength-Switched Optical Networks (WSONs). Such cost-effectiveness should be pursued together with the objective of ensuring the requested level of performance at the physical layer (i.e., quality of Transmission, QoT) and at the upper layer also in the case of a failure (i.e., survivability). This paper aims to apply the sharing concept to a WSON with QoT and survivability requirements (against single-link failures). QoT is guaranteed by resorting to regeneration of the optical signal in intermediate nodes. Survivability is guaranteed by resorting to path protection. To exploit the sharing benefits, the scarce regenerators are used for both regeneration and Wavelength Conversion (WC) leading to a sharing of functionalities.