Automatic Switched Optical Networks, or ASON, is regarded as one promising networking technology for future optical networks. From network operators' perspective, it is well agreed that ASON should provide the following features: fast provisioning, easier network operation, higher network reliability, scalability, simpler planning and design, and multi-vendor inter-operability. Fast provisioning enables ASON to meet the requirements of more dynamic applications such as bandwidth on demand and content distribution. Protection and restoration is crucial because of the extremely high data-rate the network will carry. Mesh type network and fast provisioning capability leave more space for a more reliable and flexible network.
Unlike traditional transport networks that are constructed purely for point-to-point connectivity, ASON deployed in regional or metro-area networks needs to provide high connectivity to its clients. And, as a result, the planning and designing problem becomes very complex due to the large number of devices, the variety of interface types and network protocols. It is also important that the network will be able to inter-connect devices from different vendors and provide support to different client signals such as SONET/SDH, Ethernet, IP, ATM and Frame Relay.
In this paper, an analysis of networking and the possible applications of the automatically switched optical network (ASON) in the telecommunication network are provided. The following contents are included: First, several networking applications of ASON network is studied, and differences between them are compared; Second, the possible applications of these models in the telecommunication network are analyzed. Finally, how to evolution to ASON and the incremental services provided by ASON is discussed.
Fault location in WDM all-optical networks is a very important problem in practical network operation and administration. In this paper a simple and efficient method based on causal chain and set theory is proposed for the problem of fault location according to the current alarms in one network. A detailed fault location algorithm for single point fault is implemented based on the algorithm theory mentioned above. This method combines the network configuration model with the network fault model using object-oriented idea. Some tags and attributs related to fault and alarm are extended in configuration model which reduces the memory space and quickens the seeking. A WDM all-optical network connection management system using this algorithm is applied to a three-node WDM network. The testing results show that the proposed algorithms are correct and feasible. The average time for fault location is 9 seconds and the average time for restoration is 14 seconds.