Reconfigurable Optical Networks: Theory, Practice, and Applications

Matthew Hall
Date and time: 
Thu, Nov 12 2020 - 3:00pm
Matthew Hall
University of Oregon
  • Ram Durairajan (Chair)
  • Reza Rejaie
  • Lei Jiao
  • Joseph Sventek

Reconfigurable optical networks have emerged as a promising technology to serve the fast-growing traffic produced by the digital society. This area exam considers reconfigurable optical networks and their interface to higher layers of the network stack. To this end, we explore the challenges of implementing a vertically programmable network. First, we survey modeling work, which is essential for efficiently utilizing reconfigurable optical networks given limited resources.  Then, we discuss practical implementations for reconfigurable optical networks, including hardware technologies and systems implementations. While there are many systems implementations for reconfigurable optics in data center networks, there are fewer for wide area networks (WANs). We discuss practical challenges for implementing reconfigurable optics in WANs and some possible solutions. Finally, we explore exciting applications in this field, including DDoS defense, traffic engineering, and simulation of reconfigurable optical networks.