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Experimental validation of concept for real-time wavelength monitoring and tracking in densely populated WDM networks
Author(s): Alex Vukovic; Michel Savoie; Heng Hua; Scott Campbell; Thao Nguyen
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Paper Abstract

As the telecom industry responds with technological innovations to requests for higher data rates, increased number of wavelengths at higher densities, longer transmission distances and more intelligence for next generation optical networks, new monitoring schemes based on monitoring and tracking of each wavelength need to be developed and deployed. An optical layer monitoring scheme, based on tracking key optical parameters per each wavelength, is considered to be one of enablers for the transformation of today's opaque networks to dynamic, agile future networks. Ever-tighter network monitoring and control will be required to fulfill customer Service Level Agreements (SLAs). A wavelength monitoring and tracking concept was developed as a three-step approach. It started with the identification of all critical parameters required to obtain sufficient information about each wavelength; followed by the deployment of a cost-efficient device to provide simultaneous, accurate measurements in real-time of all critical parameters; and finally, the formulation of a specification for wavelength monitoring and tracking devices for real-time, simultaneous measurements and processing the data. A prototype solution based on a commercially available integrated modular spectrometer within a testbed environment associated with the all-optical network (AON) demonstrator program was used to verify and validate the wavelength monitoring and tracking concept. The developed concept verified that it can manage tracking of 32 wavelengths within a wavelength division multiplexing network. The developed concept presented in this paper can be used inside the transparent domains of networks to detect, identify and locate signal degradations in real-time, even sometimes to recognize the cause of the failure. Aside from the reduction of operational expenses due to the elimination of the need for operators at every site and skilled field technicians to isolate and repair faults, the developed wavelength monitoring concept provides critical inputs for protection switching, line equalization and span monitoring. Additionally, it can unlock the capabilities of tunable technologies, ensuring network agility. Finally, further developments of the presented concept might enable building and controlling of complex network topologies while efficiently maintaining a high quality of service (QoS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6011, Performance, Quality of Service, and Control of Next-Generation Communication and Sensor Networks III, 60110C (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.629162
Show Author Affiliations
Alex Vukovic, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Michel Savoie, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Heng Hua, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Scott Campbell, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Thao Nguyen, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6011:
Performance, Quality of Service, and Control of Next-Generation Communication and Sensor Networks III
Mohammed Atiquzzaman; Sergey I. Balandin, Editor(s)

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