Elastic optical networks: The vision of the ICT project IDEALIST

Marc Bohn, Antonio Napoli, Antonio D'Errico, Giuseppe Ferraris, Matthias Gunkel, Felipe Jimenez, Juan Pedro Fernandez-Palacios, Patricia Layec, George Zervas, Norberto Amaya, Dimitra Simeonidou, Johannes Karl Fischer, Markus Nölle, Colja Schubert, Nicola Sambo, Filippo Cugini, Piero Castoldi, Michela Svaluto Moreolo, Josep M. Fabrega, Chigo OkonkwoHuug de Waardt

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The current generation of optical networks based on a fixed wavelength grid and on fixed-rate transponders would impose relevant limitations for future transmission rates exceeding 100 Gb/s, thereby limiting the number of potential implementations and making a new generation of elastic optical networks (EON) necessary. To this regard, flexible-grid (Flexgrid) transmission and switching technologies could significantly increase both transport network scalability and flexibility. Further benefits would come from multilayer interworking mechanisms enabling direct control of bandwidth-variable transponders (BVT) based on electronic switching technologies (IP/MPLS, OTN, etc.) for optical bandwidth optimization purposes. The development of data and control plane solutions based on EONs enabling adaptive network and service interworking is the main objective of the ICT project IDEALIST. The paper describes the data plane architecture of a future EON based on the vision of the IDEALIST project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 Future Network and Mobile Summit, FutureNetworkSummit 2013
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781905824373
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2013
Event2013 Future Network and Mobile Summit, FutureNetworkSummit 2013 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 3 Jul 20135 Jul 2013


Conference2013 Future Network and Mobile Summit, FutureNetworkSummit 2013


  • Bandwidth variable transponders
  • Data plane
  • Elastic optical networks
  • Flexible grid
  • Network architecture


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