Sunday, March 9, 2014

Japan's O3 Project Announces First Milestones for Multi-Carrier, Multi-Layer SDN

Japan's "Open Innovation over Network Platforms" research and development (R&D) project, also known as the "O3 Project", announced the first milestones in its development of multi-carrier, multi-layer SDN, including the development of a database of expressions for integrating the optical layer of the network with packet layer.

The O3 project is supported by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and includes the participation of Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC, NTT Communications and NTT.

NTT provided the following highlights of these first deliverables:

1) Unified network information database and resource allocation technology

  • To permit management of each network comprising multiple wide area networks under unified rules, an expression system for common handling of necessary information (including network configuration and communications status information) was defined, and a network information database for handling it was built. This enables easy connection between the optical network as the lower layer and an upper layer (packet transport network), as well as coordination among related devices, which enables path-setting in multiple layers.
  • Fast provision of network services was also enabled by automatic allocation of resources, including band frequency needed in the optical and packet layers, based on the network information database.

2) Technologies for common control and management of networks

  • A software technology that permits operation management and control of multiple networks was developed using the above network information database.
  • Specifically, the rapid building of a new virtual network compatible with an existing large-scale network was made possible. This was enabled by leveling the control load through virtualization of functions needed for the mutual connection between a new network and existing network. A network transfer technology, which supports gradual transfer from an existing network to a new network for their mutual connection, was also developed. Provision of optical core network resources optimal for band frequencies requested by end users was also enabled.


3) Technology for developing virtualization-compatible network devices

  • Basic technologies for SDN network devices, which can be controlled by points 1 and 2 above, were also examined.
  • SDN-compatible software transfer node: Targeted transfer performance at 100,000 flows was achieved.
  • SDN-compatible optical core node: A prototype of a function for directing packet signals to line signals transferred on optical networks and housing the signals there was produced to fulfill quality requirements, such as reduced delay of packet signals.
  • SDN-compatible packet transport node: PTN  control and driver technologies were developed. These shorten the time needed to provide more than 10 types of service quality requested from a virtual network, from the previous several months to only a few minutes.
  • SDN-compatible overlay switch: Setting of the optimal transfer path for each of the flows with different characteristics was enabled.

An outline of this project and the achievements made will be presented at “O3 Symposium 2014,” which will be held at Akihabara UDX on March 14, 2014.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2014/1403e/140307b.html

Where is SDN today? #ONS2014 participants share views...


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  • Umesh Kukreja, Director of Product Marketing, Riverbed
  • Lillian Withrow, Chief Financial Officer, Adara
  • Richard Platt, CTO & VP of Engineering, Netsocket
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  • Chris Swan, SVP - Global Field Organization, Overture Networks
  • Andrew Randall, GM, Networking Business Unit, Metaswitch Networks
  • Michael Capuano, VP of Corporate Marketing, Infinera
  • Steve West, Chief Technology Officer, Cyan Inc
  • Karl May, President and CEO, Vello Systems






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Alcatel-Lucent and NEC Win Bids on SEA-ME-WE5

Alcatel-Lucent and NEC both announced contract wins for the new SEA-ME-WE5 project, a 100G undersea cable system that will span 20,000km from Singapore to Europe.

The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) project is backed by consortium of 15 leading telecom operators.

SE-ME-We5 will deliver an ultimate design capacity of 24 Terabits per second (Tbps)). The landing points will include Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Djibuti, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy and France. Alcatel-Lucent will be deploying the segments spanning from Sri Lanka to France. Co-contractor NEC will be deploying the Singapore to Sri Lanka segment.

Ms Linette Lee , Chairperson of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Management Committee said:  “As more data, applications and services move to the cloud, we need a more dynamic and agile way to serve end-users according to low-latency and quality-of-service that cannot be solved by bandwidth alone. We are confident that Alcatel-Lucent and NEC’s 100G undersea technology will provide us with the flexibility to address the increasing requirements for connectivity, as well as address new growth areas such as cloud computing for remote access.”

Members of the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium include: Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited, (BSCCL), China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, China United Network Communications Group Company, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (PJSC), Orange, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, Saudi Telecom Company, SingTel, Sri Lanka Telecom, TOT, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Yemen International Telecommunications (TeleYemen).

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2014/alcatel-lucent-and-sea-me-we-5-consortium-strengthen-ultra-broadband-undersea-connectivity-between
http://www.nec.com/en/press/201403/global_20140307_02.html

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