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I-D ACTION:draft-awduche-mpls-te-optical-02.txt



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	Title		: Multi-Protocol Lambda Switching: Combining MPLS 
                          Traffic Engineering Control With Optical Crossconnects
	Author(s)	: D. Awduche, Y. Rekhter, J. Drake, R. Coltun
	Filename	: draft-awduche-mpls-te-optical-02.txt
	Pages		: 21
	Date		: 24-Jul-00
	
This document describes an approach to the design of control planes
for optical crossconnects (OXCs), which leverages existing control
plane techniques developed for MPLS Traffic Engineering.  The
proposed approach combines recent advances in MPLS traffic
engineering control plane constructs with OXC technology to:  (1)
provide a framework for real-time provisioning of optical channels in
automatically switched optical networks, (2) foster the expedited
development and deployment of a new class of versatile OXCs, and (3)
allow the use of uniform semantics for network management and
operations control in hybrid networks consisting of OXCs and label
switching routers (LSRs).  The proposed approach is particularly
advantageous for OXCs intended for data-centric optical
internetworking systems. In such environments, it will help to
simplify network administration.  This approach also paves the way
for the eventual incorporation of DWDM multiplexing capabilities in
IP routers.

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