The Optical Communications Group (GCO) is part of the Signal Theory and Communications Department (TSC). Our key research areas involve Optical Fiber Technologies, Raman Spectroscopy and High-Speed Networking.

Our experience is related to optical wavelength domain transport and access networks (WDM, HDWDM, SCM), broadband fiber transmission, sources and receivers, all-optical amplification, optical heterodyne detection, wavelength stabilization and monitoring, transparent WDM network architectures and management, optical linear and non-linear distortions, polarization/PMD treatment and network quality monitoring.

The group is integrated in the Advanced Broadband Communications Centre (CCABA) -CCABA is the acronym of ''Centre de Comunicacions Avançades de Banda Ampla''. The CCABA was set up in January 1994 with the aim of consolidating a multi-disciplinary research group: the Integrated Broadband Communications research group, the Optical Communications, the Radio Communications and the Broadband Communications groups. The UPC supports this research centre and its laboratory was partially funded by the Spanish Education Ministry (CICYT) and by Research Commission of the Catalan Government (CIRIT) under several grants. In the EC IV Framework Programme the UPC participated in the Spanish National Host through the network platform of the CCABA.

The GCO laboratories are fully equipped with broadband instrumentation for WDM and high bit rate opto-electronic system design and characterization, as well as long haul fiber link measurements and IP-ATM-SDH-WDM networking.

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Recent Submissions

  • Optimal virtual slice composition toward multi-tenancy over hybrid OCS/OPS data center networks 

    Pagès Cruz, Albert; Pérez Sanchis, Miguel; Peng, Shuping; Perelló Muntan, Jordi; Simeonidou, Dimitra; Spadaro, Salvatore (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015-10-01)
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    Multi-tenancy is a key feature of modern data centers. It allows for the existence of multiple independent virtual infrastructures, called virtual slices, on top of the same physical infrastructure, each of them specially ...
  • SDN-enabled OPS with QoS guarantee for reconfigurable virtual data center networks 

    Miao, Wang; Agraz Bujan, Fernando; Peng, Shuping; Spadaro, Salvatore; Bernini, Giacomo; Perelló Muntan, Jordi; Zervas, Georgios; Nejabati, Reza; Ciulli, Nicola; Simeonidou, Dimitra; Dorren, Harm; Calabretta, Nicola (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015-07-01)
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    Optical packet switching (OPS) can enhance the performance of data center networks (DCNs) by providing fast and large-capacity switching capability. Benefiting from the software-defined networking (SDN) control plane, which ...
  • Multi-tenant software-defined hybrid optical switched data centre 

    Peng, Shuping; Guo, Bingli; Jackson, Chris; Najabati, Reza; Agraz Bujan, Fernando; Spadaro, Salvatore; Bernini, Giacomo; Ciulli, Nicola; Simeonidou, Dimitra (2015-08-01)
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    We introduce a holistic solution for software-defined optical data centres (DC). Hybrid optical circuit/packet switching technologies are employed in the data plane, while a software-defined networking (SDN) controller ...
  • Three years of an intensive programme: experiences, observations and learning points 

    Myrup Pedersen, Jens; Gutiérrez López, José Manuel; Kirikova, Marite; Zabludowski, Lukasz; Comellas Colomé, Jaume (Aalborg University Press, 2015)
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    This paper summarizes valuable experiences and learning points from three years of the Erasmus funded Intensive Programme on “Implementing Europe’s Future Broadband Infrastructure”. The programme consisted of a course held ...
  • Assessment of Flex-grid/SDM backbone networks under inter-core XT-limited transmission reach 

    Perelló Muntan, Jordi; Gene Bernaus, Joan M.; Lázaro Villa, José Antonio; Pagès Cruz, Albert; Spadaro, Salvatore (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015)
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    In the present paper, we estimate the transmission reach of the optical signals through several state-of-the-art multi-core fibers reported in the literature considering ASE noise and inter-core crosstalk. Using these ...
  • First demonstration of multi-vendor and multi-domain EON with S-BVT and control interoperability over Pan-European testbed 

    González de Dios, Oscar; Casellas Regi, Ramón; Paolucci, Francesco; Gifre Renom, Lluís; Velasco Esteban, Luis Domingo (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015)
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    The operation of multi-domain and multi-vendor EONscan be achieved by interoperable Sliceable Bandwidth Variable Transponders, a GMPLS/ BGP-LS -based control plane and a planning tool. This paper reports the first full ...
  • Dynamic customer virtual network reconfiguration with QoS constraints and bandwidth guarantees 

    Asensio Carmona, Adrian; Ruiz Ramírez, Marc; Contreras, Luis Miguel; Velasco Esteban, Luis Domingo; Junyent Giralt, Gabriel (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015)
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    An algorithm for Customer Virtual Network (CVN) reconfiguration with QoS constraints and bandwidth guarantees is presented. An MPLS virtual network supporting CVNs is pre-planned or dynamically reconfigured. Exhaustive ...
  • Modulation format-aware re-optimization in flexgrid optical networks: concept and experimental assessment 

    Gifre Renom, Lluís; Velasco Esteban, Luis Domingo; Casellas Regi, Ramón; Vilalta, Ricard (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015)
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    A modulation format-aware algorithm to re-optimize resource utilization after a link repair is proposed. The proposed workflow implemented on an ABNO architecture and protocol extensions for SBVT and modulation format ...
  • Automatic lambda-control with offset compensation in DFB intradyne receiver for udWDM-PON 

    Tabares Giraldo, Jeison; Polo Querol, Víctor; Cano Valadéz, Iván Nicolás; Pratdesaba Fargas, Josep (2015-02-15)
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    A complete automatic wavelength control for digital coherent receivers, which performs local laser tuning and feedforward frequency offset compensation, is presented. We demonstrate the feasibility of the concept in a ...
  • Impact of filter sharpness on the performance of elastic optical networks 

    Sayyad Kodashenas, Pouria; Rivas Moscoso, José Manuel; Klonidis, Dimitrios; Tomkos, Ioannis; Behnam Shariati, Mohammad; Comellas Colomé, Jaume (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015)
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    Elastic optical network (EON) technology arises as a promising solution for future high-speed optical transport networks, inasmuch as it can provide superior flexibility and scalability in the spectrum allocation for ...

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