Blackout Resilient Optical Core Network

Zaid H. Nasralla, Taisir E.H. Elgorashi, Ali Hammadi, Mohamed O.I. Musa, Jaafar M.H. Elmirghani

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A disaster may not necessarily demolish the telecommunications infrastructure, but instead it might affect the national grid and cause blackouts, consequently disrupting the network operation unless there is an alternative power source(s). In disaster-resilient networks, fiber cut, datacenter destruction, and node isolation have been studied before with different scenarios, but the power outage impact has not been investigated before. In this paper, power outages are considered, and the telecommunication network performance is evaluated during a blackout. A mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model is developed to evaluate the network performance for a single node blackout under two scenarios: minimization of blocking and minimization of renewable and battery energy consumption. Insights analyzed from the MILP model results have demonstrated the trade-off between the two evaluated optimization cost functions and shown that the proposed scheme can extend the network lifetime while minimizing the required amount of backup energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1795-1806
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes


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