Network virtualization over elastic optical networks with different protection schemes

Karcuis Assis, Shuping Peng, R.C. Almeida Jr, H Waldman, Ali Hammad, A.F. Santos, Dimitra Simeonidou

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With network virtualization, the physical infrastructure can be partitioned into multiple parallel virtual networks for sharing purpose. However, different transport technologies or Quality of Service (QoS) levels may impact in both the requested amount of resources and the characteristics of different virtual instances that can be built on top of a single physical infrastructure. In this paper we propose a novel Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) formulation for different schemes of protection in scenarios where multiple virtual topologies run over an elastic optical network. The proposed MILP formulation uses the concept of bandwidth squeezing to guarantee a minimum bandwidth for surviving virtual topologies. It achieves a high level of survivability for the traffic that is subject to a different committed service profile for each virtual topology. Case studies are carried out in order to analyse the basic properties of the formulation in small networks, and three heuristics are proposed for larger networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-281
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking
Issue number4
Early online date15 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • Elastic Optical Networks
  • Optimization Routing
  • Survivability
  • Virtualization

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