Mobility

Experimental Demonstration of an OpenFlow Based Software-Defined Optical Network Employing Packet, Fixed and Flexible DWDM Grid Technologies on an International Multidomain Testbed

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Executive Summary

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and flexible grid optical transport technology are two key technologies that allow network operators to customize their infrastructure based on application requirements and therefore minimizing the extra capital and operational costs required for hosting new applications. In this paper, for the first time the authors report on design, implementation & demonstration of a novel OpenFlow based SDN unified control plane allowing seamless operation across heterogeneous state-of-the-art optical and packet transport domains. They verify and experimentally evaluate OpenFlow protocol extensions for flexible DWDM grid transport technology along with its integration with fixed DWDM grid and layer-2 packet switching.

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