State-of-the-art optical networks and systems (both fiber and wireless) offer today effective solutions in different network segments, including access, metro and backbone networks, intra- and inter-datacenter networks, high-performance computing system interconnections, etc. Meanwhile, the emerging Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization paradigms are completely reshaping the concept of networking, with a strong impact on flexibility and programmability requirements for optical network architectures, switching nodes and transmission systems. Additionally, the emerging technology of optical wireless communications has gained enormous popularity in recent years as complementary technology to optical fiber and radio frequency based communications for both indoor and outdoor applications. This continuously evolving scenario leads to a number of research and development challenges that still need to be addressed by the scientific community.
The scope of this special issue is concentrated on the latest developments in all research areas related to optical networks and enabling systems. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
The special issue will comprise expanded versions of top-selected papers from the Optical Networks and Systems Symposium and the workshop on Optical Wireless Communications held at the IEEE ICC 2016 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Manuscripts must include the conference paper among the references. See guidelines for submitting expanded conference papers here.
Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to the Journal of Optical Communications and Networking and must be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system, (https://www.osapublishing.org/jocn/journal/jocn/author.cfm), specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the Feature Issue on ICC ONS.
Walter Cerroni, University of Bologna, Italy
Zabih Ghassemlooy, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK