Abstract

The combination of elastic optical networks (EONs) and software-defined networking (SDN) leads to SD-EONs, which bring a new opportunity for enhancing programmability and flexibility of optical networks with more freedom for network operators to customize their infrastructure dynamically. In this paper, we investigate how to apply multidomain scenarios to SD-EONs. We design the functionalities in the control plane to facilitate multidomain tasks, and propose an interdomain protocol to enable OpenFlow controllers in different SD-EON domains to operate cooperatively for multidomain routing and spectrum assignment. The proposed system is implemented and experimentally demonstrated in a multinational SD-EON control plane testbed that consists of two geographically distributed domains located in China and USA, respectively. Experimental results indicate that the proposed system performs well for resource allocation across multiple SD-EON domains.

© 2015 IEEE

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