A Suite of Optical Network Testbeds for a Realistic Evaluation of MAINS’ Sub-Wavelength Switched Metro Network Architectures

This paper discusses the requirements and motivations for setting-up and utilizing two different optical fiber test-beds both of a Telecom Operator as well as the UEssex/JANET Aurora field fiber testbed for optical metro networks research within the EU ICT MAINS project. Using both test-beds the MAINS project aims to evaluate its proposed mesh-ring topologies which feature innovative sub-wavelength switching nodes. Different research and technology attributes are considered for evaluation over the research and real commercial environments. The paper illustrates how the first test-bed scenario is designed to experimentally analyze multi-technology interoperability both at the data and control planes and how the second test-bed scenario with the use of a virtual PC application over sub-wavelength switching ring network aims to validate the proposed solutions with real customers and obtain supportive statistics and performance measures.

 

Authors:

 

Michael Georgiades
The Maritime Center
R&D, PrimeTel PLC
Omonia Avenue 141, 3045, Limassol, Cyprus
michaelg@prime-tel.com

 
Jaime Fullaondo
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,
Campus Cantoblanco,
Madrid, Spain
jaime.fullaondo@titulado.uam.es

George Zervas, Dimitra Simeonidou
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester
Essex, CO4 3SQ, UK
{gzerva, dsimeonidou}@essex.ac.uk

 
Juan P. Fernández-Palacios
Photonics Networks
Telefónica I+D
Calle Emilio Vargas No6, Madrid, 28043, Spain
jpfpg@tid.es

 
Mark Basham
Sales & Business Development
Intune Networks
Wivenhoe 9B Beckett Way, Parkwest, Dublin 12, Ireland
mark.basham@intunenetworks.com