Information Model for Wavelength Switched Optical Networks (WSONs) with Impairments Validation

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                                                           G. Galimberti
                                                              A. Zanardi
                                                             D. Siracusa
                                                           F. Pederzolli
                                                                  Y. Lee
                                                                F. Zhang
                                                     Huawei Technologies
                                                            July 3, 2014

Information Model for Wavelength Switched Optical Networks (WSONs) with
                         Impairments Validation


   This document defines an information model to support Impairment-
   Aware (IA) Routing and Wavelength Assignment (RWA) function.  This
   operation might be required in Wavelength Switched Optical Networks
   (WSON) that already support RWA and the information model defined
   here goes in addition and it is fully compatible with the already
   defined information model for impairment-free RWA process in WSON.

   This information model shall support all control plane architectural
   options defined for WSON with impairment validation.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Definitions, Applicability and Properties . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.1.  Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.2.  Applicability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.3.  Properties  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  ITU-T List of Optical Parameters  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  Background from WSON-RWA Information Model  . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Optical Impairment Information Model  . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.1.  The Optical Impairment Vector . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     5.2.  Node Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       5.2.1.  Impairment Matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       5.2.2.  Impairment Resource Block Information . . . . . . . .  12
     5.3.  Link Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.4.  Path Information  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   6.  Encoding Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   7.  Control Plane Architectures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     7.1.  IV-Centralized  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     7.2.  IV-Distributed  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   8.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   9.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   10. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   11. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     11.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     11.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   Appendix A.  FAQ  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     A.1.  Why the Application Code does not suffice for Optical
           Impairment Validation?  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     A.2.  Are DWDM network multivendor? . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17

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1.  Introduction

   In the context of Wavelength Switched Optical Network (WSON),
   [RFC6163] describes the basic framework for a GMPLS and PCE-based
   Routing and Wavelength Assignment (RWA) control plane.  The
   associated information model [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info] defines all
   information/parameters required by an RWA process.

   There are cases of WSON where optical impairments plays a significant
   role and are considered as important constraints.  The framework
   document [RFC6566] defines the problem scope and related control
   plane architectural options for the Impairment Aware RWA (IA-RWA)
   operation.  Options include different combinations of Impairment
   Validation (IV) and RWA functions in term of different combination of
   control plane functions (i.e., PCE, Routing, Signaling).

   This document provides an information model for the impairment aware
   case to allow the impairment validation function implemented in the
   control plane or enabled by control plane available information.
   This model goes in addition to [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info] and shall
   support any control plane architectural option described by the
   framework document (see sections 4.2 and 4.3 of [RFC6566]) where a
   set of combinations of control plane functions vs. IV function is

2.  Definitions, Applicability and Properties

   This section provides some concepts to help understand concepts used
   along the document and to make a clear separation about what coming
   from data plane definitions (ITU-T G recommendations) and are taken
   as input for this Information Model.  The first sub-section provides
   raw definitions while the Applicability sections reuses the defined
   concepts to scope this document.

2.1.  Definitions

   o  Computational Model / Optical Computational Model.
      Defined by ITU standard documents.  In this context we look for
      models able to compute optical impairments for a given lightpath.

   o  Information Model.
      Defined by IETF (this document) and provides the set of
      information required by control plane to apply the Computational

   o  Level of Approximation.
      This concept refers to the Computational Model as it may compute
      optical impairment with a certain level of uncertainty.  This

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      level is generally not measured but [RFC6566] Section 4.1.1
      provides a rough classification about it.

   o  Feasible Path.
      It is the output of the C-SPF with RWA-IV capability.  It's an
      optical path that satisfies optical impairment constraints.  The
      path, instantiated through wavelength(s), may actually work or not
      work depending of the level of approximation.

   o  Existing Service Disruption.
      An effect known to optical network designers is the cross-
      interaction among spectrally adjacent wavelengths: an existing
      wavelength may experience increased BER due to the setup of an
      adjacent wavelength.  Solving this problem is a typical optical
      network design activity.  Just as an example, a simple solution is
      adding optical margins (e.g., additional OSNR), although complex
      and detailed methods exist.

   o  DWDM Line Segments.
      [ITU.G680] provides definition and picture for the "Situation 1"
      DWDM Line segments: " Situation 1 - The optical path between two
      consecutive 3R regenerators is composed of DWDM line segments from
      a single vendor and OADMs and PXCs from another vendor".  Document
      [RFC6566] Figure 1 shows an LSP composed by two DWDM line segments
      according to [ITU.G680] definition.

2.2.  Applicability

   This document targets at Scenario C defined in [RFC6566] section
   4.1.1.  as approximate impairment estimation.  The Approximate
   concept refer to the fact that this Information Model covers
   information mainly provided by [ITU.G680] Computational Model.

   Computational models having no or little approximation, referred as
   IV-Detailed in the [RFC6566], currently does not exist in term of
   ITU-T recommendation.  They generally deal with non-linear optical
   impairment and are usually vendor specific.

   The Information Model defined in this document does not speculate
   about the mathematical formulas used to fill up information model
   parameters, hence it does not preclude changing the computational
   model.  At the same time, the authors do not believe this Information
   Model is exhaustive and if necessary further documents will cover
   additional models after they become available.

   The result of RWA-IV process implementing this Information Model is a
   path (and a wavelength in the data plane) that has better chance to
   be feasible than if it was computed without any IV function.  The

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   Existing Service Disruption, as per the definition above, would still
   be a problem left to network designers: this model does not replace
   by any means the optical network design phase.  The Information Model
   applies to GMPLS context with the associated relationship between
   data plane(s) and control plane.

2.3.  Properties

   An information model may have several attributes or properties that
   need to be defined for each optical parameter made available to the
   control plane.  The properties will help to determine how the control
   plane can deal with a specific impairment parameter, depending on
   architectural options chosen within the overall impairment framework
   [RFC6566].  In some case, properties value will help to identify the
   level of approximation supported by the IV process.

   o  Time Dependency
      This identifies how an impairment parameter may vary with time.
      There could be cases where there is no time dependency, while in
      other cases there may be need of re-evaluation after a certain
      time.  In this category, variations in impairments due to
      environmental factors such as those discussed in [G.sup47] are
      considered.  In some cases, an impairment parameter that has time
      dependency may be considered as a constant for approximation.  In
      this information model, we do neglect this property.

   o  Wavelength Dependency
      This property identifies if an impairment parameter can be
      considered as constant over all the wavelength spectrum of
      interest or not.  Also in this case a detailed impairment
      evaluation might lead to consider the exact value while an
      approximation IV might take a constant value for all wavelengths.
      In this information model, we consider both case: dependency / no
      dependency on a specific wavelength.  This property appears
      directly in the information model definitions and related

   o  Linearity
      As impairments are representation of physical effects, there are
      some that have a linear behaviour while other are non-linear.
      Linear approximation is in scope of Scenario C of [RFC6566].
      During the impairment validation process, this property implies
      that the optical effect (or quantity) satisfies the superposition
      principle, thus a final result can be calculated by the sum of
      each component.  The linearity implies the additivity of optical
      quantities considered during an impairment validation process.
      The non-linear effects in general do not satisfy this property.
      The information model presented in this document however, easily

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      allow introduction of non-linear optical effects with a linear
      approximated contribution to the linear ones.

   o  Multi-Channel
      There are cases where a channel's impairments take different
      values depending on the aside wavelengths already in place, this
      is mostly due to non-linear impairments.  The result would be a
      dependency among different LSPs sharing the same path.  This
      information model do not consider this kind of property.

   The following table summarise the above considerations where in the
   first column reports the list of properties to be considered for each
   optical parameter, while the second column states if this property is
   taken into account or not by this information model.

             |        Property       | Info Model Awareness |
             |    Time Dependency    |          no          |
             | Wavelength Dependency |         yes          |
             |       Linearity       |         yes          |
             |     Multi-channel     |          no          |

                  Table 1: Optical Impairment Properties

3.  ITU-T List of Optical Parameters

   As stated by Section 2.2 this Information Model does not intend to be
   exhaustive and targets an approximate computational model although
   not precluding future evolutions towards more detailed or different
   impairments estimation methods.

   On the same line, ITU SG15/Q6 provides (through [LS78]) a list of
   optical parameters with following observations:

   (a)  the problem of calculating the non-linear impairments in a
        multi-vendor environment is not solved.  The transfer functions
        works only for the so called [ITU.G680] "Situation 1".

   (b)  The generated list of parameters is not definitive or exaustive.

   In particular, [ITU.G680] contains many parameters that would be
   required to estimate linear impairments.  Some of the Computational
   Models defined within [ITU.G680]  requires parameters defined in
   other documents like [ITU.G671].  The purpose of the list here below
   makes this match between the two documents.

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   [ITU.G697] defines parameters can be monitored in an optical network.
   This Information Model and associated encoding document will reuse
   [ITU.G697]  parameters identifiers and encoding for the purpose of
   path computation.

   The list of optical parameters starts from [ITU.G680] Section 9 which
   provides the optical computational models for the following p:

   G-1  OSNR.  Section 9.1

   G-2  Chromatic Dispersion (CD).  Section 9.2

   G-3  Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD).  Section 9.3

   G-4  Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL).  Section 9.3

   In addition to the above, the following list of parameters has been
   mentioned by [LS78]:

   L-1   Channel frequency range [ITU.G671].
         This parameter is part of the application code and encoded
         through Optical Interface Class as defined in

   L-2   Modulation format and rate.
         This parameter is part of the application code and encoded
         through Optical Interface Class as defined in

   L-3   Channel power.
         Required by G-1.

   L-4   Ripple.
         According to [ITU.G680], this parameter can be taken into
         account as additional OSNR penalty.

   L-5   Channel signal-spontaneous noise figure [ITU.G680]
         Required by OSNR calculation (see G-1) above.

   L-6   Channel chromatic dispersion (for fibre segment or network
         Already in G-2 above.

   L-7   Channel local chromatic dispersion (for a fibre segment).
         Already in G-2 above (since consider both local and fiber

   L-8   Differential group delay (for a network element) [ITU.G671].

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         Required by G-3.

   L-9   Polarisation mode dispersion (for a fibre segment) [ITU.G650.2,
         Defined above as G-3.

   L-10  Polarization dependent loss (for a network element) [ITU.G671,
         Defined above as G-4.

   L-11  Reflectance [ITU.G671].

   L-12  Isolation [ITU.G671] and [ITU.GSUP39]

   L-13  Channel extinction [ITU.G671] and [ITU.GSUP39].

   L-14  Attenuation coefficient (for a fibre segment) [ITU.G650.1].

   L-15  Non-linear coefficient (for a fibre segment) [ITU.G650.2].
         Required for Non-Linear Optical Impairment Computational
         Models.  Neglected by this document.

   The final list of parameters is G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, L-3, L-4, L-5,
   L-8, L-11, L-12, L-13, L-14.

4.  Background from WSON-RWA Information Model

   In this section we report terms already defined for the WSON-RWA
   (impairment free) as in [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info] and
   [I-D.ietf-ccamp-general-constraint-encode].  The purpose is to
   provide essential information that will be reused or extended for the
   impairment case.

   In particular [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info] defines the connectivity
   matrix as the following:

   ConnectivityMatrix ::= <MatrixID> <ConnType> <Matrix>

   According to [I-D.ietf-ccamp-general-constraint-encode], this
   definition is further detailed as:

   ConnectivityMatrix ::=
         <MatrixID> <ConnType> ((<LinkSet> <LinkSet>) ...)

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   This second formula highlights how the connectivity matrix is built
   by pairs of LinkSet objects identifying the internal connectivity
   capability due to internal optical node constraint(s).  It's
   essentially binary information and tell if a wavelength or a set of
   wavelengths can go from an input port to an output port.

   As an additional note, connectivity matrix belongs to node
   information and is purely static.  Dynamic information related to the
   actual usage of the connections is available through specific
   extension to link information.

   Furthermore [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info] define the resource block as

    ResourceBlockInfo ::= <ResourceBlockSet> [<InputConstraints>]
      [<ProcessingCapabilities>] [<OutputConstraints>]

   Which is an efficient way to model constrains of a WSON node.

5.  Optical Impairment Information Model

   The idea behind this information model is to categorize the
   impairment parameters into three types and extend the information
   model already defined for impairment-free WSONs.  The three
   categories are:

   o  Node Information.  The concept of connectivity matrix is reused
      and extended to introduce an impairment matrix, which represents
      the impairments suffered on the internal path between two ports.
      In addition, the concept of Resource Block is also reused and
      extended to provide an efficient modelization of per-port

   o  Link Information representing impairment information related to a
      specific link or hop.

   o  Path Information representing the impairment information related
      to the whole path.

   All the above three categories will make use of a generic container,
   the Impairment Vector, to transport optical impairment information.

   This information model however will allow however to add additional
   parameters beyond the one defined by [ITU.G680] in order to support
   additional computational models.  This mechanism could eventually
   applicable to both linear and non-linear parameters.

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   This information model makes the assumption that the each optical
   node in the network is able to provide the control plane protocols
   with its own parameter values.  However, no assumption is made on how
   the optical nodes get those value information (e.g., internally
   computed, provisioned by a network management system, etc.).  To this
   extent, the information model intentionally ignores all internal
   detailed parameters that are used by the formulas of the Optical
   Computational Model (i.e., "transfer function") and simply provides
   the object containers to carry results of the formulas.

5.1.  The Optical Impairment Vector

   Optical Impairment Vector (OIV) is defined as a list of optical
   parameters to be associated to a WSON node or a WSON link.  It is
   defined as:

   <OIV> ::= ([<LabelSet>] <OPTICAL_PARAM>) ...

   The optional LabelSet object enables wavelength dependency property
   as per Table 1.  LabelSet has its definition in

   OPTICAL_PARAM.  This object represents an optical parameter.  The
   Impairment vector can contain a set of parameters as identified by
   [ITU.G697] since those parameters match the terms of the linear
   impairments computational models provided by [ITU.G680].  This
   information model does not speculate about the set of parameters
   (since defined elsewhere, e.g.  ITU-T), however it does not preclude
   extentions by adding new parameters.

5.2.  Node Information

5.2.1.  Impairment Matrix

   Impairment matrix describes a list of the optical parameters that
   applies to a network element as a whole or ingress/egress port pairs
   of a network element.  Wavelength dependency property of optical
   paramters is also considered.

   ImpairmentMatrix ::=  <MatrixID> <ConnType>
         ((<LinkSet> <LinkSet> <OIV>) ...)


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      MatrixID.  This ID is a unique identifier for the matrix.  It
      shall be unique in scope among connectivity matrices defined in
      [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info] and impairment matrices defined here.

      ConnType.  This number identifies the type of matrix and it shall
      be unique in scope with other values defined by impairment-free
      WSON documents.

      LinkSet.  Same object definition and usage as
      [I-D.ietf-ccamp-general-constraint-encode].  The pairs of LinkSet
      identify one or more internal node constrain.

      OIV.  The Optical Impairment Vector defined above.

   The model can be represented as a multidimensional matrix shown in
   the following picture

                         /        /       /       /       /       /|
                        /        /       /       /       /       / |
                       /________/_______/_______/_______/_______/  |
                      /        /       /       /       /       /| /|
                     /        /       /       /       /       / |  |
                    /________/_______/_______/_______/_______/  | /|
                   /        /       /       /       /       /| /|  |
                  /        /       /       /       /       / |  | /|
                 /________/_______/_______/_______/_______/  | /|  |
                /        /       /       /       /       /| /|  | /|
               /        /       /       /       /       / |  | /|  |
               +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  | /|  | / PDL
   <LinkSet#1> |   -   |       |       |       |       | /|  | /|/
               +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  | /|  /
   <linkSet#2> |       |   -   |       |       |       | /|  | / PND
               +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  | /|/
   <linkSet#3> |       |       |   -   |       |       | /|  /
               +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  | / Chr.Disp.
   <linkSet#4> |       |       |       |   -   |       | /|/
               +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  /
   <linkSet#5> |       |       |       |       |   -   | / OSNR
                <LS#1>  <LS#2>  <LS#3>  <LS#4>  <LS#5>

   The connectivity matrix from
   [I-D.ietf-ccamp-general-constraint-encode] is only a two dimensional
   matrix, containing only binary information, through the LinkSet

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   pairs.  In this model, a third dimension is added by generalizing the
   binary information through the Optical Impairment Vector associated
   with each LinkSet pair.  Optical parameters in the picture are
   reported just as examples while details go into specific encoding
   draft [I-D.martinelli-ccamp-wson-iv-encode].

   This representation shows the most general case however, the total
   amount of information transported by control plane protocols can be
   greatly reduced by proper encoding when the same set of values apply
   to all LinkSet pairs.

   [EDITOR NODE: first run of the information model does looks for
   generality not for optimizing the quantity of information.  We'll
   deal with optimization in a further step.]

5.2.2.  Impairment Resource Block Information

   This information model reuses the definition of Resource Block
   Information adding the associated impairment vector.

    ResourceBlockInfo ::= <ResourceBlockSet> [<InputConstraints>]
      [<ProcessingCapabilities>] [<OutputConstraints>] [<OIV>]

   The object ResourceBlockInfo is than used as specified within

5.3.  Link Information

   For the list of optical parameters associated to the link, the same
   approach used for the node-specific impairment information can be
   applied.  The link-specific impairment information is extended from
   [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info] as the following:

   <DynamicLinkInfo> ::=  <LinkID> <AvailableLabels>
           [<SharedBackupLabels>] [<OIV>]

   DynamicLinkInfo is already defined in [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info] while
   OIV is the Optical Impairment Vector is defined in the previous

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5.4.  Path Information

   There are cases where the optical impariments can only be described
   as a contrains on the overall end to end path.  In such case, the
   optical impariment and/or parameter, cannot be derived (using a
   simple function) from the set of node / link contributions.

   An equivalent case is the option reported by [RFC6566] on IV-
   Candidate paths where, the control plane knows a list of optically
   feasible paths so a new path setup can be selected among that list.
   Independent from the protocols and functions combination (i.e.  RWA
   vs. Routing vs. PCE), the IV-Candidates imply a path property stating
   that a path is optically feasible.

   <PathInfo> ::=  <OIV>

   [EDITOR NOTE: section to be completed, especially to evaluate
   protocol implications.  Likely resemble to RSVP ADSPEC].

6.  Encoding Considerations

   Details about encoding will be defined in a separate document
   [I-D.martinelli-ccamp-wson-iv-encode] however worth remembering that,
   within [ITU.G697] Appending V, ITU already provides a guideline for
   encoding some optical parameters.

   In particular [ITU.G697] indicates that each parameter shall be
   represented by a 32 bit floating point number.

   Values for optical parameters are provided by optical node and it
   could provide by direct measurement or from some internal computation
   starting from indirect measurement.  In such cases, it could be
   useful to understand the variance associated with the value of the
   optical parmater hence, the encoding shall provide the possibility to
   include a variance as well.

   This kind of information will enable IA-RWA process to make some
   additional considerations on wavelength feasibility.  [RFC6566]
   Section 4.1.3 reports some considerations regarding this degree of
   confidence during the impairment validation process.

7.  Control Plane Architectures

   This section briefly describes how the defintions contained in this
   information model will match the architectural options described by

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   The first assumption is that the WSON GMPLS extentions are available
   and operational.  To such extent, the WSON-RWA will provide the
   following information through its path computation (and RWA process):

   o  The wavelengths connectivity, considering also the connectivity
      constraints limited by reconfigurable optics, and wavelengths

   o  The interface compatibility at the physical level.

   o  The Optical-Elettro-Optical (OEO) availability within the network
      (and related physical interface compatibility).  As already stated
      by the framework this information it's very important for
      impairment validation:

      A.  If the IV functions fail (path optically infeasible), the path
          computation function may use an available OEO point to find a
          feasible path.  In normally operated networks OEO are mainly
          uses to support optically unfeasible path than mere wavelength

      B.  The OEO points reset the optical impairment information since
          a new light is generated.

7.1.  IV-Centralized

   Centralized IV process is performed by a single entity (e.g., a PCE).
   Given sufficient impairment information, it can either be used to
   provide a list of paths between two nodes, which are valid in terms
   of optical impairments.  Alternatively, it can help validate whether
   a particular selected path and wavelength is feasiable or not.  This
   requires distribution of impairment information to the entity
   performing the IV process.

   This Informaton Model doesn't make any hypotesys on distribution
   method for optical parameters but only defines the essential build
   blocks.  A centralized entity may get knowledge of required
   informaton through routing protocools or other mechanism such as BGP-

7.2.  IV-Distributed

   Assuming the information model is implemented through a routing
   protocol, every node in the WSON network shall be able to perform an
   RWA-IV function.

   The signalling phase may provide additional checking as others
   traffic engineering parameters.

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8.  Acknowledgements

   Authors would like to acknoledge Greg Bernstein and Moustafa Kattan
   as authors of a previous similar draft whose content partially
   converged here.

   Authors would like to thank ITU SG15/Q6 and in particular Peter
   Stassar and Pete Anslow for providing useful information and text to
   CCAMP through join meetings and liaisons.

9.  IANA Considerations

   This document does not contain any IANA requirement.

10.  Security Considerations

   This document defines an information model for impairments in optical
   networks.  If such a model is put into use within a network it will
   by its nature contain details of the physical characteristics of an
   optical network.  Such information would need to be protected from
   intentional or unintentional disclosure.

11.  References

11.1.  Normative References

              International Telecommunications Union, "Transmission
              characteristics of optical components and subsystems",
              ITU-T Recommendation G.671, February 2012.

              International Telecommunications Union, "Physical transfer
              functions of optical network elements", ITU-T
              Recommendation G.680, July 2007.

              International Telecommunications Union, "Optical
              monitoring for dense wavelength division multiplexing
              systems", ITU-T Recommendation G.697, February 2012.

11.2.  Informative References

              Bernstein, G., Lee, Y., Li, D., and W. Imajuku, "General
              Network Element Constraint Encoding for GMPLS Controlled
              Networks", draft-ietf-ccamp-general-constraint-encode-14
              (work in progress), February 2014.

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              Lee, Y., Bernstein, G., Li, D., and W. Imajuku, "Routing
              and Wavelength Assignment Information Model for Wavelength
              Switched Optical Networks", draft-ietf-ccamp-rwa-info-21
              (work in progress), February 2014.

              Martinelli, G., Siracusa, D., Zhang, X., Galimberti, G.,
              and A. Zanardi, "Information Encoding for WSON with
              Impairments Validation", draft-martinelli-ccamp-wson-iv-
              encode-03 (work in progress), February 2014.

   [LS78]     International Telecommunications Union SG15/Q6, "LS/s on
              CCAMP Liaison to ITU-T SG15 Q6 and Q12 on WSON", LS
    , October 2013.

   [RFC6163]  Lee, Y., Bernstein, G., and W. Imajuku, "Framework for
              GMPLS and Path Computation Element (PCE) Control of
              Wavelength Switched Optical Networks (WSONs)", RFC 6163,
              April 2011.

   [RFC6566]  Lee, Y., Bernstein, G., Li, D., and G. Martinelli, "A
              Framework for the Control of Wavelength Switched Optical
              Networks (WSONs) with Impairments", RFC 6566, March 2012.

Appendix A.  FAQ

A.1.  Why the Application Code does not suffice for Optical Impairment

   Application Codes are encoded within GMPLS WSON protocol through the
   Optical Interface Class as defined in [I-D.ietf-ccamp-rwa-info].

   The purpose of the Application Code in RWA is simply to assess the
   interface compatibility: same Application Code means that two
   interfaces can have an LSP connecting the two.

   Application Codes contain other information useful for IV process
   (e.g., see the list of parameters) so they are required however
   Computational Models requires more parameteres to assess the path

A.2.  Are DWDM network multivendor?

   According to [ITU.G680] "Situation 1" the DWDM line segments are
   single are single vendor but an LSP can make use of different data
   planes entities from different vendors.  For example: DWDM interfaces
   (represented in the control plane through the Optical Interface

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   Class) from a vendor and network elements described by Stutation 1
   from another vendor.

Authors' Addresses

   Giovanni Martinelli (editor)
   via Philips 12
   Monza  20900

   Phone: +39 039 2092044

   Xian Zhang (editor)
   Huawei Technologies
   F3-5-B R&D Center, Huawei Base
   Bantian, Longgang District
   Shenzen  518129
   P.R. China

   Phone: +86 755 28972465

   Gabriele M. Galimberti
   Via Philips,12
   Monza  20900

   Phone: +39 039 2091462

   Andrea Zanardi
   via alla Cascata 56/D, Povo
   Trento  38123


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   Domenico Siracusa
   via alla Cascata 56/D, Povo
   Trento  38123


   Federico Pederzolli
   via alla Cascata 56/D, Povo
   Trento  38123


   Young Lee
   Huawei Technologies
   1700 Alma Drive, Suite 100
   Plano, TX  75075


   Fatai Zhang
   Huawei Technologies
   F3-5-B R&D Center, Huawei Base
   Bantian, Longgang District
   Shenzen  518129
   P.R. China


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