Applications enabled by both 5G radio access and cloud computing are expected to drive a dramatic increase in IP data traffic over the next few years. Backbone networks, unlike their access counterparts, already carry massive amounts of data traffic and will thus need to be upgraded with new technologies that can push their transport capacity to unprecedented levels. Telecom network operators will aim to maximally exploit their existing fiber infrastructure to optimize their returns on CAPEX. A synergistic parallel effort will be required to enable multi-vendor interoperable networks that are compatible with these technologies. Similar to ongoing optical multi-vendor interoperability efforts such as the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and the Open ROADM MSA, such collaborative initiatives will pave the way to multi-vendor interoperability demonstrations and standards for open optical networks, incorporating either partial or total disaggregation. Ultimately these efforts will lead to data model abstractions, interfaces, and implementation of software-defined networking (SDN) solutions that are suitable for future technologies.
This special issue of JOCN, to be published in Q2 2020, is targeted at the latest proposals and results in open optical networks (OONs) including, but not limited to, the following topics:
Submissions to the special issue should be prepared according to the usual standards for the Journal of Optical Communications and Networking and will undergo the normal peer review process. Manuscripts must be uploaded through OSA's online submission system specifying from the Feature Issue drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the issue on Open Optical Networks.
Vittorio Curri, Politecnico di Torino, Italy (co- Lead Guest Editor)
Antonio Napoli, Infinera, Germany (co-Lead Guest Editor)
Andrea Fumagalli, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Victor Lopez, Telefonica, Spain