The advent of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers with colorless and non-directional add/drop ports enables transponders and regenerators to be pre-deployed, without a priori knowledge of which wavelength or direction they will eventually serve. We study pre-deployment of optical regenerators as a means to drastically reduce the provisioning time, using Monte Carlo simulation of an optical backbone network. With appropriate placement strategies, regenerators can be efficiently pre-deployed so that new connections can be established rapidly, without the delays caused by service visits to intermediate network nodes.
© 2012 OSA
Original Manuscript: August 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 15, 2011
Published: January 16, 2012
Sheryl L. Woodward, Mark D. Feuer, Inwoong Kim, Paparao Palacharla, Xi Wang, and Daniel Bihon, "Service Velocity: Rapid Provisioning Strategies in Optical ROADM Networks," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 4, 92-98 (2012)