SONEP: A Software-Defined Optical Network Emulation Platform

Siamak Azodolmolky, Martin Nordal Petersen, Anna Manolova Fagertun, Philipp Wieder, Sarah Renée Ruepp, Ramin Yahyapour

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Network emulation has been one of the tools of choice for conducting experiments on commodity hardware. In the absence of an easy to use optical network test-bed, researchers can significantly benefit from the availability of a flexible/programmable optical network emulation platform. Exploiting the lightweight system virtualization, which is recently supported in modern operating systems, in this work we present the architecture of a Software-Defined Network (SDN) emulation platform for transport optical networks and investigate its usage in a use-case scenario. To the best of our knowledge, this is for the first time that an SDN-based emulation platform is proposed for modeling and performance evaluation of optical networks. Coupled with recent trend of extension of SDN towards transport (optical) networks, the presented tool can facilitate the evaluation of innovative idea before actual implementations and deployments. In addition to the architecture of SONEP, a use-case scenario to evaluate the quality of transmission (QoT) of alien wavelengths in transport optical networks, along with performance results are reported in this piece of work. © 2014 IFIP.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling – ONDM 2014
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)9783901882609
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event18th International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM 2014) - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 19 May 201422 May 2014


Conference18th International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM 2014)
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