Experimental assessment of a resilient PCE/GMPLS controlled translucent wavelength switched optical network

Lei Liu*, Takehiro Tsuritani, Ramon Casellas, Ricardo Martínez, Raül Muñoz, Munefumi Tsurusawa, Itsuro Morita

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A translucent wavelength switched optical network (WSON) is a cost-efficient infrastructure between opaque networks and transparent optical networks, which aims at seeking a graceful balance between network cost and service provisioning performance. In this paper, we experimentally present a resilient translucent WSON with the control of an enhanced path computation element (PCE) and extended generalized multi-protocol label switching (GMPLS) controllers. An adaptive routing and wavelength assignment scheme with the consideration of accumulated physical impairments, wavelength availabilities and regenerator allocation is experimentally demonstrated and evaluated for dynamic provisioning of lightpaths. By using two different network scenarios, we experimentally verify the feasibility of the proposed solutions in support of translucent WSON, and quantitatively evaluate the path computation latency, network blocking probability and service disruption time during end-to-end lightpath restoration. We also deeply analyze the experimental results and discuss the synchronization between the PCE and the network status. To the best of our knowledge, the most significant progress and contribution of this paper is that, for the first time, all the proposed methodologies in support of PCE/GMPLS controlled translucent WSON, including protocol extensions and related algorithms, are implemented in a network testbed and experimentally evaluated in detail, which allows verifying their feasibility and effectiveness when being potentially deployed into real translucent WSON.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1831-1844
Number of pages14
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Generalized multi-protocol label switching (GMPLS)
  • Impairment aware routing and wavelength assignment (IA-RWA)
  • Path computation element (PCE)
  • Wavelength switched optical network (WSON)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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