GMPLS Interoperability Tests in Kei-han-na Info-Communication Open Laboratory on JGN II Network

Satoru OKAMOTO  Wataru IMAJUKU  Tomohiro OTANI  Itaru NISHIOKA  Akira NAGATA  Mikako NANBA  Hideki OTSUKI  Masatoshi SUZUKI  Naoaki YAMANAKA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E90-B   No.8   pp.1936-1943
Publication Date: 2007/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e90-b.8.1936
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: SURVEY PAPER (Special Section on Feature Topics on Latest Trends in Optical Networks)
Category: Standard and Interoperability
Keyword: 
photonic network,  control plane,  GMPLS,  interoperability,  field trial,  

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Summary: 
Generalized Multi-protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) technologies are expected a key technology that creates high-performance Internet backbone networks. There were many GMPLS interoperability trials. However, most of them reported the successful results only. How to set up a trial network and how to test it was generally not discussed. In this paper, as a kind of tutorial, detailed GMPLS field trials in the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) Kei-han-na Info-Communication Open Laboratory, Interoperability Working Group (WG) are reported. The interoperability WG is aiming at the leading edge GMPLS protocol based Inter-Carrier Interface that utilizes wide-bandwidth, cost-effective photonic technology to implement IP-centric managed networks. The interoperability WG is a consortium for researching the GMPLS protocol and advancing a de facto standard in this area. Its experimental results, new ideas, and protocols are submitted to standardization bodies such as the International Telecommunications Union-Telecommunication standardization sector (ITU-T), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF). This paper introduces the activities of the interoperability WG; they include a nationwide GMPLS field trial using the JGN II network with multi-vendor, multi-switching-capable equipment and a GMPLS multi routing area trial that used a multi-vendor lambda-switching-capable network.