A Proposal of Cyclic Sleep Control Technique for Backup Resources in ROADM Systems to Reduce Power Consumption of Photonic Network

Tomoyuki HINO

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B    No.12    pp.2698-2705
Publication Date: 2014/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.2698
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network System
power-saving,  cyclic sleep,  dynamic control,  C/D/C-ROADM,  transponder aggregator,  self-check,  path check,  

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We propose a cyclic sleep control technique for backup resources in reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) systems to simultaneously achieve power savings and high-speed recovery from failures. Processes to check the reliability of backup resources, backup transponders and paths, are also provided in the control technique. The proposed technique uses sleep mode where backup transponders are powered down to minimize power for power savings. At least one of the backup transponders is always activated after self-checking using the loopback fiber connection in the ROADM and it becomes a shared backup for working transponders to enable high-speed recovery from failures. This activated backup transponder is powered down again after the next transponder is activated. These state transitions are cyclically applied to each backup transponder. This “cyclic” aspect of operation enables network operators to continuously monitor the reliability for all backup resources with the sleep mode. The activated backup transponders at both ends of the path are used in checking the reliability of backup paths. Therefore, all backup resources, both transponders and paths, can be regularly checked with the sleep mode to ensure data are stably forwarded. We estimated the power consumption with this technique under various conditions and found a trade-off between power reduction and the recovery capabilities from failures. We achieved more than 34% power saving of backup transponders maintaining the failure recovery time within 50ms in experiments. Furthermore, we confirmed the reliability of backup paths in experiments using backup transponders with the cyclic sleep control technique. These results indicated that the proposed control technique is promising in dramatically and reliably reducing the power consumption of backup resources.