Date Added: Jul 2009
An architecture is proposed for data-intensive services enabled by next generation dynamic optical networks. The architecture supports new data communication services that allow for coordinating extremely large sets of distributed data. The architecture allows for novel features including algorithms for optimizing and scheduling data transfers, methods for allocating and scheduling network resources, and an intelligent middleware platform that is capable of interfacing application level services to the underlying optical technologies. The significance of the architecture is twofold: it encapsulates "Optical network resources" into a service framework to support dynamically provisioned and advance scheduled data-intensive transport services.