Multicore fibers (MCFs) are one of the main technological enablers for space-division multiplexing. In principle, MCFs could scale the fiber capacity by a factor equal to the number of cores, but in practice such increase is hindered by transmission impairments due to the inter-core crosstalk between adjacent lit cores. The entity of such crosstalk depends on the number of cores and on their disposition within the fiber cladding, and also on the baud rate and modulation format used for transmission. As first MCF applications are expected over point-to-point systems, in this paper we concentrate on the resource allocation over a single link. Specifically, we study the Baud rate, Modulation format, Core and Spectrum Assignment problem in a multicore flexi-grid link, considering distance-adaptive reaches for different baud rates, modulation formats, and crosstalk impairments. We show that the problem is NP-hard and provide two integer linear programs, as well as heuristic approaches to solve it over large/practical traffic instances. Our problem formulations incorporate modeling of the exact inter-core crosstalk contributions depending on the number of lit neighbor cores. Numerical results are provided in a high-spatial-efficiency 19-core fiber considering different transmission impairment conditions.

Crosstalk-aware core and spectrum assignment in a multicore optical link with flexible grid

Rottondi, Cristina;Martelli, Paolo;Boffi, Pierpaolo;Barletta, Luca;Tornatore, Massimo
2019

Abstract

Multicore fibers (MCFs) are one of the main technological enablers for space-division multiplexing. In principle, MCFs could scale the fiber capacity by a factor equal to the number of cores, but in practice such increase is hindered by transmission impairments due to the inter-core crosstalk between adjacent lit cores. The entity of such crosstalk depends on the number of cores and on their disposition within the fiber cladding, and also on the baud rate and modulation format used for transmission. As first MCF applications are expected over point-to-point systems, in this paper we concentrate on the resource allocation over a single link. Specifically, we study the Baud rate, Modulation format, Core and Spectrum Assignment problem in a multicore flexi-grid link, considering distance-adaptive reaches for different baud rates, modulation formats, and crosstalk impairments. We show that the problem is NP-hard and provide two integer linear programs, as well as heuristic approaches to solve it over large/practical traffic instances. Our problem formulations incorporate modeling of the exact inter-core crosstalk contributions depending on the number of lit neighbor cores. Numerical results are provided in a high-spatial-efficiency 19-core fiber considering different transmission impairment conditions.
core and spectrum assignment; inter-core crosstalk; Multi-core optical fibers; Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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