Experimental demonstration of an impairment aware network planning and operation tool for transparent/translucent optical networks

Siamak Azodolmolky, Jordi Perelló, Marianna Angelou, Fernando Agraz, Luis Velasco, Salvatore Spadaro, Yvan Pointurier, Antonio Francescon, Chava Vijaya Saradhi, Panagiotis Kokkinos, Emmanouel Varvarigos, Sawsan Al Zahr, Maurice Gagnaire, Matthias Gunkel, Dimitrios Klonidis, Ioannis Tomkos

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Core optical networks using reconfigurable optical switches and tunable lasers appear to be on the road towards widespread deployment and could evolve to all-optical mesh networks in the coming future. Considering the impact of physical layer impairments in the planning and operation of all-optical (and translucent) networks is the main focus of the Dynamic Impairment Constraint Optical Networking (DICONET) project. The impairment aware network planning and operation tool (NPOT) is the main outcome of DICONET project, which is explained in detail in this paper. The key building blocks of the NPOT, consisting of network description repositories, the physical layer performance evaluator, the impairment aware routing and wavelength assignment engines, the component placement modules, failure handling, and the integration of NPOT in the control plane are the main contributions of this study. Besides, the experimental result of DICONET proposal for centralized and distributed control plane integration schemes and the performance of the failure handling in terms of restoration time is presented in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5629342
Pages (from-to)439-448
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Impairment aware control plane
  • optical network operation
  • optical network planning
  • physical layer impairments (PLIs)
  • transparent optical networks

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