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

Alvarado, A; Ives, DJ; Savory, SJ; Bayvel, P; (2016) On the Impact of Optimal Modulation and FEC Overhead on Future Optical Networks. Journal of Lightwave Technology , 34 (9) pp. 2339-2352. 10.1109/JLT.2016.2517699. Green open access

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Abstract

The potential of optimum selection of modulation and forward error correction (FEC) overhead (OH) in future transparent 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 de-facto QPSK with 7% OH, our 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 country, continental, and global network topology, respectively. Furthermore, it is shown that most of the theoretically possible gains can be achieved by using one modulation format and only two OHs. This is in contrast to the infinite number of OHs required in the ideal case. The obtained optimal OHs are between 5% and 80%, which highlights the potential advantage of using FEC with high OHs.

Type: Article
Title: On the Impact of Optimal Modulation and FEC Overhead on Future Optical Networks
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2016.2517699
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JLT.2016.2517699
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. For more information, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476136
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