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Optical Switching and Networking
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A Computer Networks Journal

Optical Switching and Networking (OSN) is an archival journal aiming to provide complete coverage of all topics of interest to those involved in the optical and high-speed opto-electronic networking areas. The editorial board is committed to providing detailed, constructive feedback to submitted papers, as well as a fast turn-around time.

Optical Switching and Networking considers high-quality, original, and unpublished contributions addressing all aspects of optical and opto-electronic networks. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Optical and Opto-Electronic Backbone, Metropolitan and Local Area Networks
• Optical Data Center Networks
• Elastic optical networks
• Green Optical Networks
• Software Defined Optical Networks
• Novel Multi-layer Architectures and Protocols (Ethernet, Internet, Physical Layer)
• Optical Networks for Interet of Things (IOT)
• Home Networks, In-Vehicle Networks, and Other Short-Reach Networks
• Optical Access Networks
• Optical Data Center Interconnection Systems
• Optical OFDM and coherent optical network systems
• Free Space Optics (FSO) networks
• Hybrid Fiber - Wireless Networks
• Optical Satellite Networks
• Visible Light Communication Networks
• Optical Storage Networks
• Optical Network Security
• Optical Network Resiliance and Reliability
• Control Plane Issues and Signaling Protocols
• Optical Quality of Service (OQoS) and Impairment Monitoring
• Optical Layer Anycast, Broadcast and Multicast
• Optical Network Applications, Testbeds and Experimental Networks
• Optical Network for Science and High Performance Computing Networks
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2024-07-14
Special Issues
Special Issue on Optical Network Control/Data Plane Architectures for 6G
Submission Date: 2024-08-02

Future photonic networks, especially those related to the metro and access segments, will drive the new architecture of mobile communication networks. Not only a new set of technologies and standards for high-performance communications but also the embedding of intelligence into the network management and control systems through extensive disaggregation of network and computing resources are envisioned. In addition, new network functions are needed to achieve high scalability while maintaining a reduced energy footprint. Today, 5G mobile networks are standardized by 3GPP and define three new main application scenarios and services: Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), Ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (uRLLC), and Massive machine-type communications (mMTC). The already ongoing efforts in the 6G mobile network further envision the continuing improvement in bandwidth capacity, spectrum efficiency, latency, connection density, mobility, and localization/sensing, to support existing and new application scenarios better, thus bringing new requirements that can only be tackled by optical networks. Furthermore, purely optical network architectures can underpin all of these disruptive technologies because they can support highly dynamic traffic with reduced latency and a greater degree of adaptability to virtualization technologies compared to more traditional multi-layer optical network architectures. To mitigate bandwidth requirements and address the strict latency limitations imposed on the front-haul network, 3GPP has also introduced the concept of flexible, functional splitting. This innovative approach enables the separation of the processing functions chain, leading to a significant reduction in both bandwidth and latency demands. Consequently, it opens up exciting opportunities for network operations and the design of architectural frameworks where optical networks can play a key role. To be clear, the role of optical networking is not only about connecting radio stations to end-user equipment but also about activating its functional elements dynamically, the placement of network functions (NFV), and the dimensioning of the x-haul transport network, as the O-RAN ALLIANCE has standardized it. Moreover, current efforts in standardization of the next generation of fixed networks are almost entirely focused on the development of full fiber connectivity to complement and support the 5G wireless networks. As such, the 5th generation of the fixed network (F5G) is currently defined by the ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) F5G to provide the technological evolution required by the 5G by mainly focusing on features such as full-fiber connection (FFC), enhanced fixed broadband (eFBB), and guaranteed reliable experience (GRE). These efforts have also begun to shape and define the evolution toward F6G. In sum, new research has to be conducted focused on the future 6G communication scenarios, proposing efficient data transport solutions that are aware of the MEC systems. Moreover, it is also necessary to explore the design of optical nodes and control strategies in an access, metro, and core multi-domain network scenario. With this in mind, the Special Issue on 6G Optical Networks invites researchers to submit their original contributions on using Optical Network technologies as an enabler for 6G networks. TOPICS OF INTEREST The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: RAN optical x-haul transport architectures Campus networks' optical transport architectures Optical non-terrestrial networks architectures High availability / low latency / low energy design of Core/RAN architectures Campus networks OWC access Efficient traffic engineering solutions for Core/RAN optical networks Public mobile network slicing to provide campus networks Optical network architectures for disaggregated data centers 6G networks optical control plane 6G networks joint optical / THz control plane Physical layer security aspects of 6G optical networks Analysis of O-RAN as a solution for future 6G RAN Coordinated access + metro control Design and dimensioning of nodes in metro/access optical networks Core/RAN optical network convergence Software-defined control planes for 6G optical networks Mobile application-aware FiWi networks Industrial optical networks for Industry 4.0 and smart factory applications LiFi connectivity for Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing 6G RAN/optical network automation Guest editors: André Drummond, PhD University of Brasília, Brasilia, Brazil (access and metropolitan optical network architectures for mobile networks; Control plane architectures for mobile networks; Optical networks traffic engineering) Gustavo Figueiredo, PhD Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil (Design and dimensioning of optical front hauling for 6G networks; Dimensioning and resource allocation in Elastic Optical Networks, Machine learning, and Software-defined networking) Michael McGarry, PhD University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, USA (network architectures and media access control for optical/copper/wireless access networks; the application of machine learning to network management to solve problems such as fault localization) Mihail Balanici, PhD Fraunhofer HHI, Berlin, Germany (hybrid E/O data center networks and their optimization using traffic forecasting, telemetry frameworks, and machine learning pipelines for traffic analytics and optical network automation, as well as optical access technologies) Manuscript submission information: The journal's submission platform (Editorial Manager®) will be available for receiving submissions to this Special Issue from October 16th, 2023. Please refer to the Guide for Authors to prepare your manuscript and select the article type of “VSI: ON-6G-ARCH” when submitting your manuscript online. Both the Guide for Authors and the submission portal could be found on the Journal Homepage: Optical Switching and Networking | Journal | by Elsevier. Timeline: Submission Open Date *16/10/2023 Final Manuscript Submission Deadline *02/08/2024 Editorial Acceptance Deadline *31/12/2024 Keywords: (6G architecture) AND (optical x-haul) OR (optical wireless communication) OR (optical control plane) OR (Optical non-terrestrial network)
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2024-07-14
Special Issue on The future quantum-classical Internet
Submission Date: 2024-09-30

The special issue in the Optical Switching and Networking (OSN) entitled “The future quantum -classical Internet" focuses its attention both on the latest developments in the quantum technologies used for the design and realisation of the quantum Internet and on the integration of the quantum Internet with the existing one. In particular, it deals with what role the future quantum-classical Internet will have in enabling the backbone, edge, and core of the future 6G networks which today are envisioned with optical technologies. Important focus is in fact on the quantum optical technologies that can and should be designed and realised for communication, switching, and networking. The editorial board is committed to providing detailed, constructive feedback to submitted papers, as well as a fast turn-around time. The special issue calls for high-quality, original, and unpublished contributions addressing all aspects of quantum-optical and opto-electronic networks in the classical Internet. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Quantum switching and routing architecture for the quantum-classical Internet Quantum switching for quantum optical datacentres in distributed quantum computing scenarios Quantum switching and networking in the Quantum Internet Quantum communications and protocols Green Quantum Optical Networks Software Defined Networking in the quantum-classical Internet Novel architectures and protocols for the quantum-classical communication networks Quantum-classical local area and non-public quantum networks Quantum repeaters Quantum memories and storage networks Quantum Access Networks Free Space Quantum Optical for space and terrestrial networks Quantum optical network security Quantum optical network resiliance and reliability Control Plane in quantum-classical communication networks Quality of Service (QoS) and impairment monitoring for quantum-classical networks Applications and use cases, testbeds and experimental platforms for optical quantum-classical networks High Performance Computing Quantum Networks Guest editors: Riccardo Bassoli, PhDTechnische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany Joseph Lukens, PhDArizona State University, Tempe, United States of America
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2024-03-20
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