Adapting the transmission reach in mixed line rates WDM transport networks

Kostas Christodoulopoulos, K. Manousakis, E. Varvarigos

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We consider the problem of planning a mixed line rates (MLR) wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) transport optical network. In such networks, different modulation formats are usually employed to support the transmission at different line rates. Previously proposed planning algorithms, have used a transmission reach limit for each modulation format/line rate, mainly driven by single line rate systems. However, transmission experiments in MLR networks have shown that physical layer interference phenomena are more significant between transmissions that utilize different modulation formats. Thus, the transmission reach of a connection with a specific modulation format/line rate depends also on the other connections that co-propagate with it in the network. To plan a MLR WDM network, we present routing and wavelength assignment (RWA) algorithms that take into account the adaptation of the transmission reach of each connection according to the use of the modulation formats/line rates in the network. The proposed algorithms are able to plan the network so as to alleviate interference effects, enabling the establishment of connections of acceptable quality over paths that would otherwise be prohibited.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationONDM 2011 - 15th Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783901882425
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling 2011 - University of Bologna - Faculty of Engineering, Bologna, Italy
Duration: 8 Feb 201110 Feb 2011
Conference number: 15th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling 2011
Abbreviated titleONDM 2011
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  • Mixed line rates (MLR)
  • planning (offline) phase
  • Routing and Wavelenth Assignment (RWA)
  • transmission reach
  • Wavelenth Division Multiplexing (WDM)

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