Abstract

This paper describes the implementation of a wavelength division multiplexing network controller that accounts for the varying conditions of the network physical layer in real time. A newly added software module is used to estimate the physical layer quality of transmission (QoT-E) in the form of a single transmission figure of merit for every line span in the network, i.e., the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) degradation. The estimated OSNR degradation is used to verify lightpath feasibility in the network, and produce optimal routing and wavelength assignment solutions in real time, without the need for a separate network planning tool. The OSNR degradation is estimated without requiring detailed knowledge of the optical components deployed in the network, and consequently the approach is vendor agnostic. The accuracy of the estimated OSNR degradation is assessed experimentally, and its impact on two network-wide performance indicators is studied through simulation.

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