Toward a completely softwareized optical network

Reza Nejabati, Shuping Peng, Bingli Gou, Mayur Channegowda, Dimitra Simeonidou

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There is no denying the tremendous success of current optical network technologies. However, the existing optical network infrastructures are unable to support independent evolution and innovation of physical, transport, and network layer functionalities, protocols, and services. Nor can they support the increasing bandwidth demands of evolving applications and their heterogeneous resource usage and QoS requirements. This paper addresses this problem by proposing a completely softwareized optical network infrastructure and the key technology enablers, including an open and programmable optical white box, optical transport and switching technology abstractions, and a compute-aware optical network virtualization mechanism. The technology enablers are evaluated by experimental demonstration and simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7367908
Pages (from-to)B222-B231
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking
Issue number12
Early online date29 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • Virtualization
  • Optical White Box
  • Optical SDN

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