Abstract

Backbone networks are evolving toward elastic optical network (EON) architecture that allows a flexible and efficient use of spectrum resources. Flexibility in EONs is also guaranteed by emerging sliceable bandwidth variable transponders (SBVTs) that support the simultaneous generation of multiple optical carriers. Such carriers can be used to serve different lightpaths (i.e., slice-ability), or can be merged into a single high-rate superchannel. SBVTs typically use a dedicated laser to generate each carrier, i.e., multilasers SBVT (ML-SBVT). Alternatively, a multiwavelength source can be used to generate multiple carriers using a single laser, i.e., multiwavelength SBVT (MW-SBVT). MW-SBVT improves the super-channel spectrum efficiency. Indeed, MW-SBVT reduces the intercarrier interference among the subcarriers composing the super-channel; thus, it is possible to reduce the guard bands among subcarriers. With ML-SBVT, each subcarrier suffers from unstableness of the related laser and intercarrier interference may have a huge impact, thus, higher guard bands are needed. On the other hand, the use of a MW-SBVT introduces specific constraints to the routing and spectrum assignment (RSA), because the spacing among the subcarriers is limited to a range of specific values. To take into account the constraints introduced by transponders, this paper integrates the selection of the transponder into RSA; thus, proposing a dynamic routing, spectrum, and transponder assignment (RSTA) scheme supporting both ML-SBVT and MW-SBVT technologies, and aiming to combine the benefits of the two technologies. Simulation results show that the proposed RSTA scheme provides benefits in terms of achieved blocking probability compared to the traditional RSA schemes. Moreover, the achieved results demonstrate that jointly using both SBVT technologies provides significant benefits with respect to the utilization of any single SBVT technology.

© 2015 IEEE

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