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Optical peRformanCe monitoring enabling dynamic networks using a Holistic cross-layEr, Self-configurable Truly flexible appRoAch

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 ORCHESTRA project word cloud

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Project "ORCHESTRA" data sheet

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Organization address
city: PATRAS
postcode: 26504

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙620˙831 €
 EC max contribution 2˙620˙331 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Future Internet: Software, hardware, Infrastructures, technologies and services)
 Code Call H2020-ICT-2014-1
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-02-01   to  2018-01-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE FR (NOZAY) participant 770˙256.00
4    TELECOM ITALIA SPA IT (MILANO) participant 339˙500.00
6    NEXTWORKS IT (PISA) participant 266˙250.00


 Project objective

An optical network, like any system, has to be observable before it can become controllable and be subject to optimization, and this is the first capability ORCHESTRA introduces. ORCHESTRA’s high observability relies on information provided by the coherent transceivers that are extended, almost for free, to operate as software defined multi-impairment optical performance monitors (soft-OPM). Information from multiple soft-OPMs are correlated using network kriging and statistical estimation methods to infer information for unmonitored or un-established paths, effectively support alien wavelength, and localize QoT problems and failures. High rate optical transmission with coherent detection promises to address the continuous growth of Internet traffic. However, the current control and monitoring (C&M) infrastructure is absolutely not adequate to support this growth. In ORCHESTRA, a new C&M architecture that exploits the monitoring and reconfigurability capabilities of enhanced tubable transceivers will be designed, implemented and validated. The network is viewed as a continuously running process that perceives current conditions, decides, and acts on those conditions. ORCHESTRA’s advanced cross-layer optimization procedures will be implemented within a new specifically designed library module, called DEPLOY. A new dynamic and hierarchical C&M infrastructure will be then created to interconnect the multiple soft-OPMs and the proposed virtual and real C&M entities running the DEPLOY algorithms. At the top of the hierarchical infrastructure, a novel OAM Handler prototype will be implemented, as part of the SDN-based ABNO architecture. The proposed C&M infrastructure will be enriched with active-control functionalities, closing the control loop, and enabling the network to be truly dynamic and self-optimized. The ORCHESTRA solutions are planned to be industrialized, given the expected improvements in service level validations, CAPEX, energy consumption and OPEX.


List of deliverables.
Website development and setup of social accounts Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-03-11 10:39:25
Documentation standards Documents, reports 2019-03-11 10:40:47
Standardization activities Documents, reports 2019-03-11 10:39:15
Final publishable activity report Documents, reports 2019-03-11 10:39:06
Factsheet and project presentation Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-03-11 10:39:30
ORCHESTRA video presentation Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-03-11 10:39:21
Impairment monitoring: from a hardware to a software ecosystem Documents, reports 2019-03-11 10:38:54
Dynamic network control plane requirements and specifications Documents, reports 2019-03-11 10:38:33
ORCHESTRA dynamic optical network, reference scenarios and use cases Documents, reports 2019-03-11 10:38:29

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of ORCHESTRA deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Polyzois Soumplis, Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos, Marco Quagliotti, Annachiara Pagano, Emmanouel Varvarigos
Network Planning With Actual Margins
published pages: 5105-5120, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2017.2743461
Journal of Lightwave Technology 35/23 2019-05-30
2018 Ippokratis Sartzetakis, Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos, Emmanuel Varvarigos
Cross-Layer Adaptive Elastic Optical Networks
published pages: A154, ISSN: 1943-0620, DOI: 10.1364/JOCN.10.00A154
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking 10/2 2019-05-30
2016 Nicola Sambo, Filippo Cugini, Andrea Sgambelluri, Piero Castoldi
Monitoring Plane Architecture and OAM Handler
published pages: 1939-1945, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2015.2510449
Journal of Lightwave Technology 34/8 2019-05-30
2017 Yvan Pointurier
Design of Low-Margin Optical Networks
published pages: A9, ISSN: 1943-0620, DOI: 10.1364/JOCN.9.0000A9
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking 9/1 2019-05-30
2017 Alba P. Vela, Marc Ruiz, Francesco Fresi, Nicola Sambo, Filippo Cugini, Gianluca Meloni, Luca Poti, Luis Velasco, Piero Castoldi
BER Degradation Detection and Failure Identification in Elastic Optical Networks
published pages: 4595-4604, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2017.2747223
Journal of Lightwave Technology 35/21 2019-05-30
2018 P. Giardina, N. Sambo, M. Dallaglio, G. Bernini, G. Carrozzo, F. Cugini, P. Castoldi
Experimental Demonstration of a Lightpath Management Procedure Based on a Hierarchical Architecture
published pages: 386, ISSN: 1943-0620, DOI: 10.1364/JOCN.10.000386
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking 10/4 2019-05-30
2016 T. Zami, J. Pesic and P. Ramantanis
How deploying elastic and fixed 100 Gb/s transponders can further optimize cost per Gb/s during ageing of WDM networks
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Conference on Optical Communication 2019-05-30
2016 I. Sartzetakis, K. Christodoulopoulos, C. P. Tsekrekos, D. Syvridis, E. Varvarigos
Quality of Transmission Estimation in WDM and Elastic Optical Networks Accounting for Space–Spectrum Dependencies
published pages: 676, ISSN: 1943-0620, DOI: 10.1364/JOCN.8.000676
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking 8/9 2019-05-30
2018 Nicola Sambo, Alessio Giorgetti, Filippo Cugini, Piero Castoldi
Sliceable Transponders: Pre-Programmed OAM, Control, and Management
published pages: 1403-1410, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2017.2786859
Journal of Lightwave Technology 36/7 2019-05-30
2016 K. Christodoulopoulos, P. Soumplis, I. Sartzetakis, M. Quagliotti,A. Di Giglio, A. Pagano, N. Argyris, C. Spatharakis, S. Dris, H. Avramopoulos, JC. Antona, C. Delezoide, P. Jennevé, J. Pesic, Y. Pointurier, N. Sambo, F. Cugini, P. Castoldi, G. Bernini, F. Moscatelli,G. Carrozzo, E. Varvarigos
ORCHESTRA- Opticalperformance monitoringenabling flexible networking
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Conference on Networks and Communications 2019-05-30
2017 N. Sambo, A. Giorgetti, F. Cugini, M. Dallaglio, P. Castoldi
Control and Management of Sliceable Transponders
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Conference on Optical Communication” (ECOC) 2019-05-30
2017 Matteo Dallaglio, Nicola Sambo, Filippo Cugini, Piero Castoldi
YANG Models for Vendor-Neutral Optical Networks, Reconfigurable through State Machine
published pages: 170-178, ISSN: 0163-6804, DOI: 10.1109/MCOM.2017.1600733
IEEE Communications Magazine 55/8 2019-05-30
2016 N. Sambo, K. Christodoulopoulos, P. Castoldi, E. Varvarigos
Spectrum sharing for elastic transmission parameter adaptation
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Conference on Optical Communication 2019-05-30
2018 P. Soumplis, K. Christodoulopoulos, M. Quagliotti, A. Pagano, E. Varvarigos
Multi-Period Planning With Actual Physical and Traffic Conditions
published pages: A144, ISSN: 1943-0620, DOI: 10.1364/JOCN.10.00A144
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking 10/1 2019-05-30
2018 E. Seve, J. Pesic, C. Delezoide, S. Bigo, Y. Pointurier
Learning Process for Reducing Uncertainties on Network Parameters and Design Margins
published pages: A298, ISSN: 1943-0620, DOI: 10.1364/JOCN.10.00A298
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking 10/2 2019-05-30
2017 K. Christodoulopoulos ; I. Sartzetakis ; P. Soumplis ; E. Varvarigos
Cross-layer and dynamic network orchestration based on optical performance monitoring
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM) 2019-05-30
2016 M. Ruiz, F. Fresi, A. Vela, G. Meloni, N. Sambo, F. Cugini, L. Potì, L. Velasco, P. Castoldi
Service-triggered failure identification/localization through monitoring of multiple parameters
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Conference on Optical Communication 2019-05-30
2017 N. Sambo, P. Giardina, I. Sartzetakis, A. Sgambelluri, F. Fresi, M. Dallaglio, G. Meloni, G. Bernini, K. Christodoulopoulos, P. Castoldi, E. Varvarigos
Experimental Demonstration of Network Automation Based on QoT Estimation & Monitoring in Both Single- & Multi-Domains
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Conference on Optical Communication” (ECOC) 2019-05-30
2017 M. Dallaglio, N. Sambo, F. Cugini, P. Castoldi
Control and Management of Transponders With NETCONF and YANG
published pages: B43, ISSN: 1943-0620, DOI: 10.1364/JOCN.9.000B43
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking 9/3 2019-05-30

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