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Volume 57, Issue 5


Toward flexible optical networks with Transport-SDN

Thomas Szyrkowiec / Achim Autenrieth / Jörg-Peter Elbers
Published Online: 2015-10-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2015-0020


Software-Defined Networking and network virtualization are current topics in networks research. An increased flexibility on the optical layer and demands for more dynamic bandwidth control make them candidates to transform optical networking as well. This paper reviews the general concepts, recent progress and open issues toward SDN controlled flexible optical networks.

Keywords: SDN; virtualization; optical networks; flexible WDM grids

ACM CCS: Networks→Network architectures→Programming interfaces; Networks→Network properties→Network structure→Logical/virtual topologies

About the article

Thomas Szyrkowiec

Thomas Szyrkowiec received his M.Sc. degree in informatics from the Technische Universität München, Germany, in 2013. He joined ADVA Optical Networking, Munich, in 2013, where he is working as an Engineer in the Advanced Technology team toward his Ph.D. degree in cooperation with the Chair of Communication Networks at Technische Universität München. His research interests include software-defined networking and network virtualization in flexible optical networks.

ADVA Optical Networking, Advanced Technology, 82152 Martinsried, Germany

Achim Autenrieth

Achim Autenrieth is currently working as Principle Research Engineer at ADVA Optical Networking on the design and evaluation of multilayer networks, control plane, and SDN concepts. He received his Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Munich University of Technology, Germany, in 1996 and 2003. Achim is a member of IEEE and VDE/ITG, he authored or co-authored more than 90 scientific publications and he is technical program committee member of ECOC, DRCN, and RNDM.

ADVA Optical Networking, Advanced Technology, 82152 Martinsried, Germany

Jörg-Peter Elbers

Jörg-Peter Elbers is Vice President Advanced Technology at ADVA Optical Networking. He received his diploma and Dr.-Ing. Degrees in electrical engineering from Dortmund University, Germany, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. Jörg authored and co-authored more than 100 technical presentations, 3 book chapters and 15 patents. He is member of the IEEE and VDE/ITG as well as OFC program committee member and associate editor of JOCN. Jörg also serves on the board the European Technology Platform on Photonics and the European 5G Infrastructure Association.

ADVA Optical Networking, Advanced Technology, 82152 Martinsried, Germany

Revised: 2015-07-21

Accepted: 2015-07-22

Received: 2015-05-19

Published Online: 2015-10-01

Published in Print: 2015-10-28

Citation Information: it - Information Technology, Volume 57, Issue 5, Pages 295–304, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2015-0020.

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