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Efficient optically switched metro Ethernet
Author(s): Aihua Guo; Yung J. Chen
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Paper Abstract

With the overwhelming success of Ethernet technology in local access networks (LANs), owing to its ease of management and its much lower line rate cost, there has been a continuous effort in migrating Ethernet technology into metro-area networks (MANs) and wide-area networks (WANs). However, current Ethernet technology has to overcome the scalability and reliability deficiencies in order to be recognized as a viable MAN/WAN technology. Recently these concerns are being addressed under the framework of Generalized-MPLS (GMPLS) and its traffic-engineering (TE) intelligence. In this paper we propose an optical Ethernet solution viable for MAN/WAN based on the concept of a reconfigurable Ethernet node, integrating reconfigurable optical cross-connects (OXCs) with traditional Ethernet switches. We subsequently proposed a dynamic TE scheme that utilizes both the simplicity of all-optical switching and the flexibility of optical-electrical-optical (OEO) traffic grooming realized by the proposed optical Ethernet node. We showed through simulations that with our proposed TE scheme, the number of OEO transceivers needed by such an optical Ethernet node is only about 20% of a fully-populated one in the extreme case (very high load) and about only 10% in normal load conditions, without degrading the performance. This actually implies a tremendous cost saving on Ethernet OEO transceivers, and on the other hand indicates that a highly efficient and scalable MAN/WAN Ethernet network system could be well achieved by using Ethernet switches of only modest switching capacity (as legacy Ethernet switches have) along with reconfigurable OXCs. To demonstrate and test our proposed ideas we have built a GMPLS testbed using MEMS-based optical cross-bar switches and legacy Gigabit Ethernet switches. The testbed consists of three core nodes and six edge nodes. Performance experiments have been conducted on the testbed as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2006
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6354, Network Architectures, Management, and Applications IV, 63541B (28 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.691294
Show Author Affiliations
Aihua Guo, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Yung J. Chen, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6354:
Network Architectures, Management, and Applications IV
Yong Hyub Won; Gee-Kung Chang; Ken-ichi Sato; Jian Wu, Editor(s)

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