Special Issue "Software-Defined Optical Networks"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2015).
Interests: optical communications and networking, software-defined networks, network control plane
Software defined networking (SDN) is defined as a control framework that supports the programmability of network functions by decoupling the data plane and the control plane, which are currently vertically integrated in most network equipment. SDN technology allows network operators to manipulate the logical map of a network and create multiple co-existing network slices that are independent of the underlying transport technology. Enabling SDN at the optical layer can potentially facilitate application-specific network slicing at the optical layer. The combination of SDN and the recent advances in programmable optical device technologies has enabled the software-defined optical networks that can be flexibly and dynamically provisioned and reconfigured. This SDN-based flexible and unified network control function allows service providers to support a wide range of emerging dynamic applications over optical networks, such as cloud computing and optical network virtualization.
To enable software-defined optical networking, several key technical challenges must be addressed. These challenges include, but are not limited to, software-defined optical network architectures and associated protocols, the intelligent end-to-end provisioning and reconfiguration of resources to support dynamic and heterogeneous applications, the solutions for supporting multi-layer and multi-domain software-defined optical networks, and the design of mechanisms that provide survivability against optical link or node failures, etc.
This Special Issue solicits submissions of original work and survey papers on all topics related to recent advances in software-defined optical networks.
Dr. Lei Liu
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- software-defined optical network architecture
- openflow and other enabling sdn protocols for software-defined optical networks
- software-defined optical network design and planning
- routing, wavelength (or spectrum) allocation, and modulation format assignment algorithms in software-defined optical networking
- sdn-enabled optical network virtualization and clouds
- devices, sub-systems, and transmission technologies for software-defined optical networks
- software-defined multi-layer or multi-domain optical networks
- interoperability of the sdn control plane with existing control plane techniques (gmpls/pce) for optical networks
- sdn-based optical network survivability (e.g., protection and restoration)
- green technologies in software-defined optical networks
- security issues in software-defined optical networks
- techno-economic analysis, market expectations, including the carriers’ view, and standardization for software-defined optical networks
- test-bed demonstration and field trials for software-defined optical networks