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International Journal of Optics
Volume 2017, Article ID 5150219, 9 pages
Research Article

Optical Network Models and Their Application to Software-Defined Network Management

1ADVA Optical Networking SE, Munich, Germany
2Chair of Communication Networks, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Correspondence should be addressed to Thomas Szyrkowiec; moc.lacitpoavda@ceiwokryzst

Received 31 March 2017; Accepted 16 July 2017; Published 14 September 2017

Academic Editor: Francesco Musumeci

Copyright © 2017 Thomas Szyrkowiec et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Software-defined networking is finding its way into optical networks. Here, it promises a simplification and unification of network management for optical networks allowing automation of operational tasks despite the highly diverse and vendor-specific commercial systems and the complexity and analog nature of optical transmission. Common abstractions and interfaces are a fundamental component for software-defined optical networking. Currently, a number of models for optical networks are available. They all claim to provide open and vendor agnostic management of optical equipment. In this work, we survey and compare the most important models and propose an intent interface for creating virtual topologies which is integrated in the existing model ecosystem.