Control orchestration protocol: Unified transport API for distributed cloud and network orchestration

Arturo Mayoral, Ricard Vilalta, Raul Munoz, Ramon Casellas, Ricardo Martinez, Michela Svaluto Moreolo, Josep M. Fabrega, Alejandro Aguado, Shuangyi Yan, Dimitra Simeonidou, Jose M. Gran, Victor Lopez, Pavel Kaczmarek, Rafal Szwedowski, Thomas Szyrkowiec, Achim Autenrieth, Norboru Yoshikane, Takehiro Tsuritani, Itsuro Morita, Masaki ShiraiwaNaoya Wada, Masato Nishihara, T. Tanaka, Tomoo Takahara, Jens C. Rasmussen, Yuki Yoshida, Ken Ichi Kitayama

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In the context of the fifth generation of mobile technology (5G), multiple technologies will converge into a unified end-To-end system. For this purpose, software defined networking (SDN) is proposed, as the control paradigm will integrate all network segments and heterogeneous optical and wireless network technologies together with massive storage and computing infrastructures. The control orchestration protocol is presented as a unified transport application programming interface solution for joint cloud/network orchestration, allowing interworking of heterogeneous control planes to provide provisioning and recovery of quality of service (QoS)-Aware end-To-end services. End-To-end QoS is guaranteed by provisioning and restoration schemes, which are proposed for optical circuit/packet switching restoration by means of signal monitoring and adaptive modulation and adaptive route control, respectively. The proposed solution is experimentally demonstrated in an international multi-partner test bed, which consists of a multi-domain transport network comprising optical circuit switching and optical packet switching domains controlled by SDN/OpenFlow and Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) control planes and a distributed cloud infrastructure. The results show the dynamic provisioning of IT and network resources and recovery capabilities of the architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7858126
Pages (from-to)A216-A222
JournalJournal of Optical Communications and Networking
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Cloud computing
  • Control orchestration protocol
  • Optical circuit switching
  • Optical packet switching
  • Orchestration
  • Software defined networking (SDN)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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