Abstract

As optical networks become increasingly flexible and software driven, network operators need to reconsider their present mode of network planning and operation, which traditionally relies on long planning periods, performed independently for the IP edges (logical topology) and the optical transport layer (physical topology). Network planning assuming fully loaded end-of-life conditions fails to follow traffic evolution and results in capacity overprovisioning, underutilized equipment, and stranded investments. We argue that it would be beneficial to have shorter upgrade cycles and a multiperiod network planning approach that accounts jointly for the upgrade of the optical but also the IP edges of the network. We formulate the incremental multilayer planning problem of an IP over elastic optical network and propose an integer linear programming (ILP) algorithm to solve it. The ILP model leverages the reconfigurability of both network layers to delay equipment deployment and benefit from cost erosion. Our objective is, through repurposing of existing network resources, to deploy in a period the minimum additional network equipment (capital expenditures) to cope with traffic changes from the previous period but also to minimize changes in transitioning between the two periods (operational expenditures). The proposed planning approaches are validated through simulations based on realistic network scenarios, where we also study the effect of the upgrade period duration.

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