Routing and Disaster Awareness in Optical Networks

Muhammad Al Farabi Muhammad Iqbal

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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Optical networks facilitate the configurations of high-speed network connections with tremendous bandwidth between the optical switches. Optical switches are interconnected by optical fibers that act as the mediums in which data are transferred using lightpaths. Due to the importance of optical networks to many societal needs, e.g., the Internet and banking services, network connections must be configured as efficient and reliable as possible. This thesis focus on two important research topics related to the management and survivability of network connections, namely routing and disaster awareness. Routing enables the assignment of the optimal end-to-end path to each network connection, while disaster awareness increases the preparedness of network operators in ensuring that network connections are protected against the adverse impacts of disasters. The first part of the thesis, namely Chapters 2, 3 and 4 relate to the topic of routing, specifically on technology-aware routing, impairment-aware routing and risk-averse routing. Technology-aware routing is required for establishing network connections across multi-domain networks with technology incompatibilities, impairment-aware routing enables network operators to establish network connections in the presence of transmission impairments, and risk-averse routing enables connections to be assigned with the safest paths (against failing due to disasters). The second part of the thesis, namely Chapters 4 and 5 relate to the topic of disaster awareness, by proposing approaches for ensuring the survivability of network connections in the risk of disasters, such as modeling of (spatiotemporal) disasters, identifying vulnerable connections, detecting spatially-close fiber segments, computing spatially-close intervals of spatially close fibers, and grouping spatially-close fibers efficiently. Though the thesis emphasizes on optical network use cases, the provided insights and contributions in each chapter are general enough to be extended for application in other network types as well.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Van Mieghem, P.F.A., Supervisor
  • Kuipers, F.A., Advisor
Award date7 Sep 2016
Electronic ISBNs978-94-6186-704-9
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2016


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