Framework and Requirements for GMPLS-Based Control of Flexi-Grid Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) Networks
RFC 7698

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)          O. Gonzalez de Dios, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7698                                Telefonica I+D
Category: Informational                                 R. Casellas, Ed.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                     CTTC
                                                                F. Zhang
                                                                  Huawei
                                                                   X. Fu
                                                               Stairnote
                                                           D. Ceccarelli
                                                                Ericsson
                                                              I. Hussain
                                                                Infinera
                                                           November 2015

           Framework and Requirements for GMPLS-Based Control
  of Flexi-Grid Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) Networks

Abstract

   To allow efficient allocation of optical spectral bandwidth for
   systems that have high bit-rates, the International Telecommunication
   Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) has extended
   its Recommendations G.694.1 and G.872 to include a new Dense
   Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) grid by defining a set of
   nominal central frequencies, channel spacings, and the concept of the
   "frequency slot".  In such an environment, a data-plane connection is
   switched based on allocated, variable-sized frequency ranges within
   the optical spectrum, creating what is known as a flexible grid
   (flexi-grid).

   Given the specific characteristics of flexi-grid optical networks and
   their associated technology, this document defines a framework and
   the associated control-plane requirements for the application of the
   existing GMPLS architecture and control-plane protocols to the
   control of flexi-grid DWDM networks.  The actual extensions to the
   GMPLS protocols will be defined in companion documents.

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Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
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   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
   2. Terminology .....................................................5
      2.1. Requirements Language ......................................5
      2.2. Abbreviations ..............................................5
   3. Overview of Flexi-Grid Networks .................................6
      3.1. Flexi-Grid in the Context of OTN ...........................6
      3.2. Flexi-Grid Terminology .....................................6
           3.2.1. Frequency Slots .....................................7
           3.2.2. Media-Layer Elements ................................9
           3.2.3. Media Channels .....................................10
           3.2.4. Optical Tributary Signals ..........................10
           3.2.5. Composite Media Channels ...........................11
      3.3. Hierarchy in the Media Layer ..............................11
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