Dynamic photonic networks rely on colorless, non-directional Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) nodes to enable rapid re-routing of wavelength channels without optoelectronic conversion. We report numerical simulations of the wavelength contention that can occur in such multi-degree ROADM nodes. Intra-node blocking rates and transponder utilization are computed for node designs with and without a client-side fiber cross-connect, and both are compared to results predicted for an ideally contention-free ROADM.
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Mark D. Feuer, Sheryl L. Woodward, Paparao Palacharla, Xi Wang, Inwoong Kim, and Daniel Bihon, "Intra-Node Contention in Dynamic Photonic Networks," J. Lightwave Technol. 29, 529-535 (2011)