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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 27 — Dec. 19, 2011
  • pp: 26578–26593

Experimental validation and performance evaluation of OpenFlow-based wavelength path control in transparent optical networks

Lei Liu, Takehiro Tsuritani, Itsuro Morita, Hongxiang Guo, and Jian Wu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 27, pp. 26578-26593 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.026578


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Abstract

OpenFlow, as an open-source protocol for network virtualization, is also widely regarded as a promising control plane technique for heterogeneous networks. But the utilization of the OpenFlow protocol to control a wavelength switched optical network has not been investigated. In this paper, for the first time, we experimentally present a proof-of-concept demonstration of OpenFlow-based wavelength path control for lightpath provisioning in transparent optical networks. We propose two different approaches (sequential and delayed approaches) for lightpath setup and two different approaches (active and passive approaches) for lightpath release by using the OpenFlow protocol. The overall feasibility of these approaches is experimentally validated and the network performances are quantitatively evaluated. More importantly, all the proposed methodologies are demonstrated and evaluated on a real transparent optical network testbed with both OpenFlow-based control plane and data plane, which allows their feasibility and effectiveness to be verified, and valuable insights of the proposed solutions to be obtained for deploying into real OpenFlow controlled optical networks.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4250) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

ToC Category:
Backbone and Core Networks

History
Original Manuscript: October 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2011
Published: December 14, 2011

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European Conference on Optical Communication 2011 (2011) Optics Express

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Lei Liu, Takehiro Tsuritani, Itsuro Morita, Hongxiang Guo, and Jian Wu, "Experimental validation and performance evaluation of OpenFlow-based wavelength path control in transparent optical networks," Opt. Express 19, 26578-26593 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-27-26578


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