Special Issue "Software-Defined Optical Networks"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2015).

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Lei Liu

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, Davis CA 95616, USA
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Interests: optical communications and networking, software-defined networks, network control plane

Special Issue Information


Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • 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

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Software-Controlled Next Generation Optical Circuit Switching for HPC and Cloud Computing Datacenters
Electronics 2015, 4(4), 909-921; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics4040909
Received: 18 September 2015 / Revised: 30 October 2015 / Accepted: 2 November 2015 / Published: 5 November 2015
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In this paper, we consider the performance of optical circuit switching (OCS) systems designed for data center networks by using network-level simulation. Recent proposals have used OCS in data center networks but the relatively slow switching times of OCS-MEMS switches (10–100 ms) and [...] Read more.
In this paper, we consider the performance of optical circuit switching (OCS) systems designed for data center networks by using network-level simulation. Recent proposals have used OCS in data center networks but the relatively slow switching times of OCS-MEMS switches (10–100 ms) and the latencies of control planes in these approaches have limited their use to the largest data center networks with workloads that last several seconds. Herein, we extend the applicability and generality of these studies by considering dynamically changing short-lived circuits in software-controlled OCS switches, using the faster switching technologies that are now available. The modelled switch architecture features fast optical switches in a single hop topology with a centralized, software-defined optical control plane. We model different workloads with various traffic aggregation parameters to investigate the performance of such designs across usage patterns. Our results show that, with suitable choices for the OCS system parameters, delay performance comparable to that of electrical data center networks can be obtained. Full article
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Reference Architecture for Multi-Layer Software Defined Optical Data Center Networks
Electronics 2015, 4(3), 633-650; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics4030633
Received: 24 July 2015 / Revised: 5 September 2015 / Accepted: 8 September 2015 / Published: 18 September 2015
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As cloud computing data centers grow larger and networking devices proliferate; many complex issues arise in the network management architecture. We propose a framework for multi-layer; multi-vendor optical network management using open standards-based software defined networking (SDN). Experimental results are demonstrated in a [...] Read more.
As cloud computing data centers grow larger and networking devices proliferate; many complex issues arise in the network management architecture. We propose a framework for multi-layer; multi-vendor optical network management using open standards-based software defined networking (SDN). Experimental results are demonstrated in a test bed consisting of three data centers interconnected by a 125 km metropolitan area network; running OpenStack with KVM and VMW are components. Use cases include inter-data center connectivity via a packet-optical metropolitan area network; intra-data center connectivity using an optical mesh network; and SDN coordination of networking equipment within and between multiple data centers. We create and demonstrate original software to implement virtual network slicing and affinity policy-as-a-service offerings. Enhancements to synchronous storage backup; cloud exchanges; and Fibre Channel over Ethernet topologies are also discussed. Full article
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Unified Multi-Layer among Software Defined Multi-Domain Optical Networks (Invited)
Electronics 2015, 4(2), 329-338; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics4020329
Received: 12 May 2015 / Revised: 1 June 2015 / Accepted: 9 June 2015 / Published: 11 June 2015
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The software defined networking (SDN) enabled by OpenFlow protocol has gained popularity which can enable the network to be programmable and accommodate both fixed and flexible bandwidth services. In this paper, we present a unified multi-layer (UML) architecture with multiple controllers and a [...] Read more.
The software defined networking (SDN) enabled by OpenFlow protocol has gained popularity which can enable the network to be programmable and accommodate both fixed and flexible bandwidth services. In this paper, we present a unified multi-layer (UML) architecture with multiple controllers and a dynamic orchestra plane (DOP) for software defined multi-domain optical networks. The proposed architecture can shield the differences among various optical devices from multi-vendors and the details of connecting heterogeneous networks. The cross-domain services with on-demand bandwidth can be deployed via unified interfaces provided by the dynamic orchestra plane. Additionally, the globalization strategy and practical capture of signal processing are presented based on the architecture. The overall feasibility and efficiency of the proposed architecture is experimentally verified on the control plane of our OpenFlow-based testbed. The performance of globalization strategy under heavy traffic load scenario is also quantitatively evaluated based on UML architecture compared with other strategies in terms of blocking probability, average hops, and average resource consumption. Full article
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