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Overview of South-Bound Interfaces for Software-Defined Optical Networks

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 20th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2018
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 1-5 July 2018, Bucharest, Romania.
Publisher or commissioning bodyIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781538666050
ISBN (Print)9781538666067
DateAccepted/In press - 2 May 2018
DatePublished (current) - 26 Sep 2018
Event20th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2018 - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 1 Jul 20185 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON)
ISSN (Print)2161-2064


Conference20th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2018


In SDN-enabled networks, the control plane and data plane interaction relies on open SouthBound Interfaces (SBIs) so that the SDN controller exercises direct control over the data plane elements. In this paper, we review current initiatives of SBI to control optical components which include ad-hoc extensions of OpenFlow and YANG modelling proposals combined with the NETCONF / RESTCONF protocols. Then we overview different tools and frameworks available for quick prototyping and deployment of software services that are compliant with such interfaces. Finally, we discuss the advantages and drawbacks of the reviewed initiatives considered key enablers for standardized end-to-end network programmability.

    Research areas

  • optical networks, programmatic interfaces, software defined networking


20th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2018

Duration1 Jul 20185 Jul 2018
SponsorsApex Technologies (External organisation), Hv Photonics (External organisation), Nea Spec (External organisation), Opto Sigma (External organisation), Schaefer (External organisation)

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