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This Release Notes document contains information about new features and enhancements, in the Cisco platforms.

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Software and Hardware Requirements

Before you begin to install the software, you must check whether your system meets the following minimum software and hardware requirements:

  • Hardware—Intel Core i5, i7, or faster processor. A minimum of 4 GB RAM, 100 GB hard disk with 250 MB of available hard drive space.

  • One of the following operating systems:

    • Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or later

    • Apple Mac OS X

    • UNIX workstation with Solaris Version 9 or 10 on an UltraSPARC-III or faster processor, with a minimum of 1 GB RAM and a minimum of 250 MB of available hard drive space.

    • Ubuntu 12.10

  • Java Runtime Environment—JRE 1.8 and later.

  • Java version 8.0

  • Browser:

    • Internet Explorer

    • Mozilla Firefox

    • Safari

    • Google Chrome

New Features for Release 10.0

This section highlights new features for Release 10.0. For detailed documentation of each of these features, see the user documentation.


These hardware units have been introduced in Release 10.0:

EDRA-1-xx and EDRA-2-xx Cards

The double-slot EDRA-1-xx and EDRA-2-xx cards are erbium-doped Raman amplifiers (EDRAs) that support Raman amplification on long unregenerated spans. The EDRA cards support an ultra-low noise figure that is critical for long-distance, high-bit-rate transmission. Each EDRA card can manage up to 96 channels, 50-GHz-spaced from 196.1 GHz (1528.77nm) to 191.35 GHz (1566.72 nm). The EDRA cards are plug-in modules that provide the reach and optical performance required to meet the most demanding distance requirements of service provider and enterprise networks.

The EDRA cards have four versions:

  • EDRA1-26 includes an erbium doped pre-amplifier, EDFA1, with a nominal gain of 14 dB. It supports a maximum span of 26 dB on standard single-mode fiber.
  • EDRA1-35 includes an erbium doped pre-amplifier, EDFA1, with a nominal gain of 21 dB. It supports a maximum span of 35 dB on standard single-mode fiber.
  • EDRA2-26 includes an erbium doped pre-amplifier, EDFA1, and an erbium doped booster amplifier, EDFA2, where EDFA1 has a nominal gain of 14 dB. It supports a maximum span of 26 dB on standard single-mode fiber.
  • EDRA2-35 includes an erbium doped pre-amplifier, EDFA1, and an erbium doped booster amplifier, EDFA2, where EDFA1 has a nominal gain of 21 dB. It supports a maximum span of 35 dB on standard single-mode fiber.

For more information about the EDRA cards, see the chapter in the .

16-WXC-FS Card

The double-slot cross connect 16-port Flex Spectrum ROADM line card (16-WXC-FS) can be used at the core of the network. The card is used to build ROADM nodes with 96 channels spaced at 50-GHz, flex spectrum channels, or a combination of the two. The card provides the flex spectrum capability, which allows the user the flexibility to allocate channel bandwidth and increase the network scalability. The channel bandwidth is not fixed, but can be defined arbitrarily, with a given granularity and within a given range. Attenuation and power values are defined for each sub-range. The frequency ranges from 191'350 Ghz (1566 .72 nm) to 196'100 Ghz (1528 .77 nm). The 16-WXC-FS card can be used in point-to-point, ring, multi-ring, or mesh topologies. The 16-WXC-FS card supports up to 16 directions for each ROADM node.

For more information about the 16-WXC-FS card, see the chapter in the .

Passive Optical Modules

A new generation of passive optical modules can be used to accommodate ROADM nodes built with the 16-WXC-FS and EDRA cards. Three types of modules are available: patch panel modules, add/drop modules, and adapter modules. All the modules fit into four slots of a 1-rack-unit (1RU) mechanical frame chassis (MF-1RU). Their passive nature helps ensure extremely high availability in a small, low-power footprint. ECU3 is required for these passive modules.

The passive modules are:

  • 5-Degree Patch Panel Module (MF-DEG-5)
  • 4-Degree Upgrade Patch Panel Module (MF-UPG-4)
  • 16-channel Colorless Omnidirectional Add/Drop (MF-16AD-CFS)
  • 4-channel Colorless Omnidirectional Add/Drop (MF-4X4-COFS)
  • MPO-8xLC Adapter (MF-MPO-8LC)

For more information about the ROADM passive modules, see the document.

100G-CK-C and 100ME-CKC Cards

The 100G-CK-C and 100ME-CKC cards are tuneable over the entire C-band. The 100G-CK-C card works similar to the 100G-LC-C card. The 100G-CK-C card has the new CPAK client interface replacing the CXP client interface of the 100G-LC-C card.

The 100G-CK-C and 100ME-CKC cards support the CPAK-100G-SR10 client interface with 100GE/OTU4 and 40GE/OTU3 payloads. Both the cards support the CPAK-100G-LR4 client interface with 100GE/OTU4 payloads. The CPAK client interface enables different payload combinations such that the 100G-CK-C card can be used instead of the 100G-LC-C and CFP-LC cards.

The 100ME-CKC is a metro edge version of the 100G-CK-C card. The 100ME-CKC card has chromatic dispersion of +/-5000 ps/nm and does not support 20% FEC.

For more information about the 100G-CK-C and 100ME-CKC cards, see the chapter in the .

Pluggable Port Modules Support

The Pluggable Port Modules supported on the 100G-CK-C and 100ME-CKC cards are:

  • CPAK-100G-LR4
  • CPAK-100G-SR10

For more information about the Pluggable Port Modules support, see the document.

New Software Features

These software features have been introduced in Release 10.0:

Restoration Based on LSP Priority

The control plane supports the Label Switch Path (LSP) priority signaling on the UNI interface. The LSP priority can be set using CTC or TL1. The LSP priority is used to resolve a conflict on any network resource when two or more LSPs are set at the same time, and requires the same resources. The LSP priority is critical during circuit creation and restoration.

The LSP priority is used to decide the GMPLS restoration in a multiple channel setup, and optimizes the restoration time for an LSP with a higher priority. The restoration is dynamic, managed by the head node and simplifies network operations. In a circuit failure, the dynamic optical restoration enables the automatic re-routing of the optical circuit over a new route. The GMPLS intelligence embedded in the circuit enables the DWDM layer to dynamically validate the feasibility of the new route. This ensures a successful network connectivity and eliminates the dependancy on additional design tools.

LSP Setup with Regenerators

The regenerators in the network minimize the signal loss, and helps to establish an uninterrupted connection between the source and destination. The control plane uses LSP setup and the regenerators in the circuit to create segments during failure in the optical path. A regenerator connects each segment in the network. The wavelength changes at each regenerator, if the wavelength continuity between the two end points is not available. A regenerator failure triggers the restoration process.

Control Plane in Coherent Networks

The optical impairments in full coherent networks follow the LOGO model (Local Optimization Global Optimization) that is applicable to 100G full coherent networks. The optical impairment is calculated node by node, and can be identified by adding the local contribution penalty of the nodes or spans in the path. The crosstalk between optical channels can be pre-defined in network design phase and considered as a constant by the control plane. The need to signal the values of all the optical parameters to the egress node (to calculate the channel feasibility and the residual margins of existing channels) is eliminated. Each add or drop domain is associated a value that represents the penalty calculated due to signal loss. This operation is done during network setup or network upgrade.

Patchcord Duplication

CTC notifies the user when duplicate patchcords are created, either manually or by using the NE Update configuration file. The user can choose to retain the existing patchcord or overwrite the existing patchcord with the new patchcord.

For more information about the software enhancements, see the chapter in the .

MXP_MR_S and MXPP_MR_S Operating Modes

The MXP_MR_S (Unprotected Multirate Muxponder-Static) and MXPP_MR_S (Protected Multirate Muxponder-Static) operating modes are introduced for the AR_MXP, AR_XP, and AR_XPE cards. These modes are similar to the existing MXP_MR and MXPP_MR operating modes except for static timeslot and ODU allocation. A specific set of client payloads or a mix of client playloads can be used only if the trunk bandwidth and timeslot are available as per the static allocation mapping. For example, the MXP_MR_S and MXPP_MR_S modes can be used to provision a dual 4xOC-48 or a mix of 2-OC-48 + 2-GE or 1-OC-48 + 6-GE into one OTU2 muxponder.

For more information about the operating modes, see the chapter in the .

Transaction Language 1 (TL1)

This section contains a list of new commands, command syntax changes, and command response changes that have been introduced in Release 10.0. For detailed information on TL1, see the .

New TL1 Commands

These TL1 commands are added in Release 10.0:


Command Syntax Changes

The syntax of these commands have changed in Release 10.0:


Command Response Changes

The command responses of these commands have changed in Release 10.0:


Cisco NCS Software Packages


Do not download and activate the Cisco NCS software package on a Cisco ONS 15454 M12 shelf.

The Cisco NCS software is shipped in two packages:

  • NCS Flex: contains software that supports flex cards and configurations in NCS 2002 and NCS 2006 . WSON is supported in this package.

  • NCS Fixed Grid: contains software that supports fixed grid cards and configurations in NCS 2002 and NCS 2006. WSON is supported in this package.


You can download the NCS fixed grid package on a NCS flex node and vice versa. The node database is deleted during the activation. After the activation, it is recommended to relaunch CTC to view the new package that is activated. The database is not lost during activation, for Optical Line Amplifier (OLA) nodes with these cards- OPT-AMP-C, OPT-EDFA-xx, OPT-RAMAN-CTP, OPT-RAMAN-COP.

This table describes the node controller and shelf controller for NCS packages.

Package Node Type Node Controller Shelf Controller
NCS Fixed Grid Fixed Grid Node TNC / TNCE / TSC / TSCE / TNCS / TNCS-O / TNCS-2 / TNCS-2O TNC / TNCE / TSC / TSCE / TNCS / TNCS-O / TNCS-2 / TNCS-2O

NCS Upgrade Paths

Source Release

Upgrade Options

R9.6.0.7 (SONET or SDH) MSTP

R10.1.x.x (NCS fixed grid)

R9.8.1.1 (SONET or SDH) MSTP

R10.0.1 (SONET or SDH) MSTP

R10.0.2 (SONET or SDH) MSTP

R10.0.1, 10.0.2 (NCS flex )

R10.1.x.x (NCS flex)

R10.0.1, 10.0.2 (NCS fixed grid)

R10.1.x.x (NCS fixed grid)

Source Release

Upgrade Options

R9.6.0.5 (SONET or SDH) MSTP

R10.0.1.x, 10.0.2 (NCS fixed grid)

R9.8.0 (SONET or SDH) MSTP


R10.0.1 (SONET or SDH) MSTP

R10.0, 10.0.1 (NCS flex )

R10.0.1.x, 10.0.2 (NCS flex)

R10.0, 10.0.1 (NCS fixed grid)

R10.0.1.x, 10.0.2 (NCS fixed grid)

For upgrade path details, refer the NCS Software Matrix

Some of the key limitations to be considered before proceeding with the upgrade are:

  • When a node is upgraded from R9.80 (SONET or SDH), R10.0 (SONET or SDH) MSTP to NCS fixed grid, the database backup taken from the originating release cannot be restored after the upgrade.

  • When a node is upgraded from NCS fixed grid to NCS flex, the database back-up taken from the originating release cannot be restored after the upgrade.

  • When a node is upgraded from NCS fixed grid to NCS fixed grid or from NCS flex to NCS flex, the database is retained during the upgrade.


Do not attempt to upgrade a configuration that contains Cisco ONS 15454 M12 nodes to Cisco NCS software.

Cisco Bug Search Tool

Use the Bug Search Tool (BST) to view the list of outstanding and resolved bugs in a release.

BST, the online successor to Bug Toolkit, is designed to improve the effectiveness in network risk management and device troubleshooting. The tool allows partners and customers to search for software bugs based on product, release, and keyword, and aggregates key data such as bug details, product, and version. The tool has provision to filter bugs based on credentials to provide external and internal bug views for the search input.

The BST is available at Bug Search. To search for a specific bug, go to For more information on BST, see Bug Search Help.

Search Bugs in BST

Follow the instructions below to search bugs specific to a software release in BST.


Step 1

Go to

You will be prompted to log into After successful login, the Bug Toolkit page opens.

Step 2

To search for release specific bugs, enter the following parameters in the page:

  1. Search For ― Enter ONS 15454 in the text box.

  2. Releases ― Enter the appropriate release number.

  3. Show Bugs ― Select Affecting or Fixed in these Releases.

Step 3

Press Enter.


  • By default, the search results include bugs with all severity levels and statuses. After you perform a search, you can filter your search results to meet your search requirements.

  • An initial set of 25 search results is shown in the bottom pane. Drag the scroll bar to display the next set of 25 results. Pagination of search results is not supported.

Additional References

Related Documents

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