Optical IP switching a solution to dynamic lightpath establishment in disaggregated network architectures
Mulvihill, G. and Ruffini, M. and Smyth, Frank and Barry, Liam P. and Doyle, Linda and O'Mahony, Donal (2006) Optical IP switching a solution to dynamic lightpath establishment in disaggregated network architectures. In: ICTON 2006 - 8th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, June 2006, Nottingham, UK.
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The landscape of the telecommunications environment is constantly evolving; in terms of architecture and increasing data-rate. Ensuring that routing decisions are taken at the lowest possible layer offers the possibility of greatest data throughput. We propose using wavelengths in a DWDM scheme as dedicated channels that bypass the routing lookup in a router. The future trend of telecommunications industry is, however, toward larger numbers of interlinked competing operator networks. This in turn means there is a lack of a unified control plane to allow current networks to dynamically provision optical paths. This paper will report on the concept of optical IP switching. This concept seeks to address optical control plane issues in disaggregated networks while providing a means to dynamically provision optical paths to cater for large data flows.
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