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Optical Networking (open call)

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Optical Networking (open call)


This RFP is part of the Present and Future Optical research area and covers high-level aspects, long term research, and additional Optical related topics that are not specifically related to other RFPs.

Full Description:

Over the last few years, the optical layer has undergone a significant transformation from a static manually configured network to a fully automated network. However, the software driving these systems and some of the hardware components do not yet lend themselves to full automation. In addition, the clients feeding the optical layer are not yet communicating with the optical layer.

Another important trend is the move from simple transceivers for 10Gbps per wavelength to complex ones for 40Gbps, 100Gbps and beyond. As this trend continues to unfold, the main challenges appear to be around the cost of the technology and its flexibility to address varied bandwidth needs.

Can all these challenges be met to achieve a fully automated network that does not require much human intervention and optics-specific knowledge to operate? Can this network use the spectrum in a more flexible way, as well as use different modulation schemes and FEC types, depending on the research of the lightpath? What are the control plane challenges?

This RFP also covers research proposals not directly related to any specific topic of the other RFPs in this area.

Constraints and other information:

IPR will stay with the University. Cisco expects customary scholarly dissemination of results, and hopes that promising results would be made available to the community without limiting licenses, royalties, or other encumbrances.

On-going research - open call (RFP-999-like specifically on optical topics)

Proposal submission:

Please use the link below to submit a proposal for research responding to this RFP. After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal.

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RFPs may be withdrawn as research proposals are funded, or interest in the specific topic is satisfied. Researchers should plan to submit their proposals as soon as possible. The deadline for Submissions is the Friday of the first week of each calendar quarter (the months of January, April, July, October). Funding decisions and communication will occur within 90 days from the quarterly submission deadline. The usage of funding is expected within 12 months of funding decision. Please plan your requests accordingly.

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