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A major challenge in meeting the enhanced performance requirements of next-generation optical networks is overcoming the rigid limitations due to network layering. The work addresses this issue by creating a bidirectional cross-layer communications infrastructure that can leverage knowledge of the optical-layer performance to improve network performance. The goal is to create an intelligent, dynamic, and programmable optical substrate where optical performance monitoring measurement data can be used for cross-layer communications, specifically for network routing and packet protection. Ns-2 simulations show that a cross-layer proactive packet protection scheme using physical-layer bit-error rate measurements performs better than a fast-reroute mechanism in terms of packet loss rates.
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