Robust IP Backbone Network Utilizing WDM Optical Paths

Atsushi WATANABE  Satoru OKAMOTO  Ken-ichi SATO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E82-B   No.8   pp.1115-1120
Publication Date: 1999/08/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Joint Special Issue on Recent Progress in Optoelectronics and Communications)
Category: Communication Networks
Keyword: 
optical communication,  optical path,  Internet protocol,  

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Summary: 
A wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) optical path-based Internet protocol (IP) backbone network is proposed as a cost-effective way of realizing robust IP-over-photonic systems. The WDM optical path is based on WDM transmission and wavelength routing. Between end-to-end IP backbone routers, the WDM optical path, a fat and robust optical pipe, is defined across photonic transport systems (PTS's). Tera-bit class PTS's will be required for the future IP backbone network and this level of performance is achievable. Optical layer routing is done at intermediate nodes, so the electrical packet-by-packet routing required by existing systems is eliminated. An optical signal format that permits cost-effective IP packet transmission is presented. WDM optical paths directly accommodate the IP packets via layer-2 frames. The cost-effectiveness of the proposed system, especially for heavy traffic, is demonstrated from the viewpoint of the overall network traffic transport capability and network node cost. The proposed system is as robust as existing systems; e. g. fault/degradation localization mechanism and optical layer network protection one are implemented. Thus the proposed IP-over-photonic system will create cost-effective and robust IP backbone networks.