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On the Impact of Optimal Modulation and FEC Overhead on Future Optical Networks

Alvarado, A and Ives, DJ and Savory, SJ and Bayvel, P (2016) On the Impact of Optimal Modulation and FEC Overhead on Future Optical Networks. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 34. pp. 2339-2352. ISSN 0733-8724

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The potential of optimum selection of modulation and forward error correction (FEC) overhead (OH) in future wavelength-routed nonlinear optical mesh networks is studied from an information theory perspective. Different network topologies are studied as well as both ideal soft-decision (SD) and hard-decision (HD) FEC based on demap-and-decode (bit wise) receivers. When compared to the somewhat standard assumption of QPSK with 7% OH, the results show large gains in network throughput. When compared to SD-FEC, HD-FEC is shown to cause network throughput losses of 12%, 15%, and 20% for a national, continental, and transcontinental topology, respectively. Furthermore, it is shown that for national and continental network topologies, using one modulation format and only two OHs achieves at least 75% of the maximum theoretical throughput. This is in contrast with the infinite number of OHs required in the ideal case. The obtained optimal OHs are between 5% and 80%, highlighting the advantage of using FEC with high OHs.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div B > Photonics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:11
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 20:29