A proposal for an SDN-based SIEPON architecture
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Passive Optical Network (PON) elements such as Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and Optical Network Units (ONUs) are currently managed by inflexible legacy network management systems. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a new networking paradigm that improves the operation and management of networks. In this paper, we propose a novel architecture, based on the SDN concept, for Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON) that includes the Service Interoperability standard (SIEPON). In our proposal, the OLT is partially virtualized and some of its functionalities are allocated to the core network management system, while the OLT itself is replaced by an OpenFlow (OF) switch. A new MultiPoint MAC Control (MPMC) sublayer extension based on the OpenFlow protocol is presented. This would allow the SDN controller to manage and enhance the resource utilization, flow monitoring, bandwidth assignment, quality-of-service (QoS) guarantees, and energy management of the optical network access, to name a few possibilities. The OpenFlow switch is extended with synchronous ports to retain the time-critical nature of the EPON network. OpenFlow messages are also extended with new functionalities to implement the concept of EPON Service Paths (ESPs). Our simulation-based results demonstrate the effectiveness of the new architecture, while retaining a similar (or improved) performance in terms of delay and throughput when compared to legacy PONs.
CitationHamzeh, K., Sallent, S., Piney, J., Rincon, D. A proposal for an SDN-based SIEPON architecture. "Optics communications", 3 Juliol 2017, vol. 403, p. 9-21.