Leveraging Multipath Routing and Traffic Grooming for an Efficient Load Balancing in Optical Networks

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Executive Summary

Optical networks can benefit from multipath routing by routing traffic over diverse fiber links to fulfill bandwidth requirements, balance network load and improve resource utilization. This paper focuses on the effectiveness of multipath routing on aggregating residual bandwidth of the established light-paths using dynamic traffic grooming. An optimization model based on Integer Linear Programming (ILP) is formulated to leverage multipath routing and grooming to serve connection requests with known duration, in a scenario where the dynamic traffic can demand bandwidth either larger or smaller than a single wavelength capacity.

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