Abstract

We are currently facing two major challenges for the development of future photonic networks: scalability and cost/energy efficiency. The process of evaluating the impact on the network of the expected increase of traffic demand is called scalability analysis. It is one of the most important tasks for a network designer, along with minimizing energy consumption and cost. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to assess wavelength switched optical network (WSON) scalability and efficiency. Our method takes into account the routing constraints of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), a variety of coherent transmission systems, different amplification schemes and types of fibre. We have assessed the network scalability and the roadmap for technological upgrades by running simulations of the recently deployed Telecom Italia’s WSON Kaleidon. We have used realistic traffic profiles and traffic growth-rate projections under a variety of case studies of practical interest. This study provides an innovative tool and insights to drive network designers’ decisions based on the impact of present and future photonic technologies.

© 2014 IEEE

PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription