On Providing Metro Ethernet Services over Transparent WDM Optical Rings Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2011

start page

  • 14

end page

  • 19


  • 1


  • 25

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0890-8044

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-156X


  • The long list of benefits (especially cost and capacity) of Ethernet LANs has made the IEEE, the ITU-T, and the Metro Ethernet Forum define the requirements for taking Ethernet beyond the local area, toward the metropolitan region. In addition, the ever-increasing traffic demands of new applications and users can only be met by the huge bandwidth capacity provided by optical fibers. This work studies how to provide metro Ethernet services over transparent tunable-transmitter fixed-receiver WDM optical ring networks. A new adaptation layer of ME to WDM is proposed, and its benefits and drawbacks are studied. It is shown that such a transparent WDM ring network can be seen as a logical full-mesh topology by the upper ME layer, thus reducing to one the number of optical-electronic-optical conversions per unicast frame. Additionally, two different approaches are proposed in the case of broadcast/multicast traffic, since this may bring scalability difficulties in ring topologies.-- Proyecto CAM S2009/TIC-1468.


  • Telecommunications


  • multicast communication; optical fibre lan; optical receivers; optical transmitters; telecommunication network topology; telecommunication services; telecommunication traffic; wavelength division multiplexing