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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 1 — Jan. 13, 2014
  • pp: 30–40

Design and performance evaluation of an OpenFlow-based control plane for software-defined elastic optical networks with direct-detection optical OFDM (DDO-OFDM) transmission

Lei Liu, Wei-Ren Peng, Ramon Casellas, Takehiro Tsuritani, Itsuro Morita, Ricardo Martínez, Raül Muñoz, and S. J. B. Yoo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 1, pp. 30-40 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.000030


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Abstract

Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (O-OFDM), which transmits high speed optical signals using multiple spectrally overlapped lower-speed subcarriers, is a promising candidate for supporting future elastic optical networks. In contrast to previous works which focus on Coherent Optical OFDM (CO-OFDM), in this paper, we consider the direct-detection optical OFDM (DDO-OFDM) as the transport technique, which leads to simpler hardware and software realizations, potentially offering a low-cost solution for elastic optical networks, especially in metro networks, and short or medium distance core networks. Based on this network scenario, we design and deploy a software-defined networking (SDN) control plane enabled by extending OpenFlow, detailing the network architecture, the routing and spectrum assignment algorithm, OpenFlow protocol extensions and the experimental validation. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that an OpenFlow-based control plane is reported and its performance is quantitatively measured in an elastic optical network with DDO-OFDM transmission.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Optical Transport and Large Scale Data Networks

History
Original Manuscript: October 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2013
Published: December 20, 2013

Virtual Issues
European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (2013) Optics Express

Citation
Lei Liu, Wei-Ren Peng, Ramon Casellas, Takehiro Tsuritani, Itsuro Morita, Ricardo Martínez, Raül Muñoz, and S. J. B. Yoo, "Design and performance evaluation of an OpenFlow-based control plane for software-defined elastic optical networks with direct-detection optical OFDM (DDO-OFDM) transmission," Opt. Express 22, 30-40 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-1-30


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