Optical Node Architectures That Utilize Dedicated Add/Drop Switches to Realize Colorless, Directionless and Contentionless Capability

Yoshiyuki YAMADA  Hiroshi HASEGAWA  Ken-ichi SATO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E95-B   No.4   pp.1307-1316
Publication Date: 2012/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E95.B.1307
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Fiber-Optic Transmission for Communications
Keyword: 
optical cross-connect,  colorless/directionless/contentionless,  waveband,  multi-layer optical paths,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes optical node architectures for the single-layer optical cross-connect (OXC) and hierarchical OXC (HOXC) that utilize dedicated add/drop switches for originating/terminating traffic at a node. For both single-layer OXC and HOXC, three architectures with different restrictions on add/drop capabilities are presented. The performance of the proposed architectures is compared through numerical experiments. The architectures significantly reduce total switch scale and minimize necessary switch size while attaining colorless, directionless and contentionless capabilities.