Networking

A Customizable Two-Step Framework for General Equipment Provisioning in Optical Transport Networks

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Executive Summary

Optical Transport Network (OTN) is a standard approach to offering transport support to a variety of existing service technologies, e.g., ESCON, HDTV, GE, etc. Multiple service technologies can be concurrently multiplexed onto one common transport network, which offers hierarchical transmission rate wrappers physically supported by Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) lambda channels. Algorithms to perform grooming and routing in OTN are expected to be complicated due to the large number of grooming options that are available in the standard. In addition, these algorithms are likely to be designed by the vendor engineers, who have full knowledge of the grooming, switching, and routing capabilities of their own equipment.

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