Abstract

In this paper, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a reconfigurable long-reach (R-LR) UltraFlow access network to provide flexible dual-mode (IP and Flow) service with lower capital expenditure (CapEx) and higher energy efficiency. UltraFlow is a research project involves the collaboration of Stanford, MIT, and UT-Dallas. The design of the R-LR UltraFlow access network enables seamless integration of the Flow service with IP passive optical networks deployed with different technologies. To fulfill the high-wavelength demand incurred by the extended service reach, we propose the use of multiple feeder fibers to form subnets within the UltraFlow access network. Two layers of custom switching devices are installed at the central office (CO) and remote node to provide flexibility in resource allocation and user grouping. With a centralized software-defined network (SDN) controller at the CO to control the dual-mode service, numerical analysis indicates that the reconfiguration architecture is able to reduce the CapEx during initial deployment by about 30%. A maximum of around 50% power savings is also achieved during low traffic period. The feasibility of the new architecture and the operation of the SDN controller are both successfully demonstrated on our experimental testbed.

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