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Dynamic Dual-Homing Protection in WDM Mesh Networks

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Executive Summary

A fault-tolerant scheme, called dual homing, is generally used in IP-based access networks to increase the survivability of the network. However, dual homing itself cannot provide survivability with respect to possible failures in the Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) core network. To provide survivability in the core network, protection and restoration techniques must be used. In the past, dual homing architecture and protection are studied separately. In this paper, the authors observe that the dual homing architecture introduces new issues for protection and restoration design, especially when providing survivability against two independent failures, one in the access network and the other in the core network.

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