Document Type


Date of Award

Summer 8-31-2002

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Nirwan Ansari

Second Advisor

John D. Carpinelli

Third Advisor

Edwin Hou


Currently, Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) optical networks play a major role in supporting the outbreak in demand for high bandwidth networks driven by the Internet. It can be a catastrophe to millions of users if a single optical fiber is somehow cut off from the network, and there is no protection in the design of the logical topology for a restorative mechanism. Many protection and restoration algorithms are needed to prevent, reroute, and/or reconfigure the network from damages in such a situation. In the past few years, many works dealing with these issues have been reported. Those algorithms can be implemented in many ways with several different objective functions such as a minimization of protection path lengths, a minimization of restoration times, a maximization of restored bandwidths, etc. This thesis investigates, analyzes and compares the algorithms that are mainly aimed to guarantee or maximize the amount of remaining bandwidth still working over a damaged network. The parameters considered in this thesis are the routing computation and implementation mechanism, routing characteristics, recovering computation timing, network capacity assignment, and implementing layer. Performance analysis in terms of the restoration efficiency, the hop length, the percentage of bandwidth guaranteed, the network capacity utilization, and the blocking probability is conducted and evaluated.