Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Engineering


School of Engineering and Mathematics


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Supervisor

Dr Daryoush Habibi


Network survivability is a very important issue, especially in optical networks that carry huge amount of traffic. Network failures which may be caused by human errors, malfunctional systems and natural disaster (eg. Earthquakes and lightening storms), have occurred quite frequently and sometimes with unpredictable consequences. Survivability is defined as the ability of the network to maintain the continuity of service against failures of network components. Pre-configuration and dynamic restoration are two schemes for network survivability. For each scheme, survivability algorithms can be applied at either Optical Channel sublayer (Och) known as link-based. Or, Optical Multiplex Section sublayer (OMS) known as path-based. The efficiency of survivability algorithms can be assessed through such criteria as capacity efficiency, restoration time and quality service. Dynamic restoration is more efficient than pre-configuration in terms of capacity resource utilization, but restoration time is longer and 100% service recovery cannot be guaranteed because sufficient spare capacity may not be available at the time of failures. Similarly, path-based survivability offers a high performance scheme for utilizing capacity resource, but restoration time is longer than link based survivability.

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