Photon Netw Commun (2016) 31:183–185
Optical networks special issue based on selected IEEE ICOCN
· Calvin C. K. Chan
· Jie Zhang
· Jason P. Jue
Published online: 5 April 2016
© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
The 13th International Conference on Optical Communica-
tions and Networks—IEEE ICOCN 2014 (http://www.ontrc.
org/icocn/) was held in Suzhou on November 9–10, 2014.
IEEE ICOCN aims to provide a premier opportunity for
professionals, experts, engineers, scientists, and industrial
people worldwide in the ﬁeld of research, development, and
applications of photonics to share and exchange their expe-
rience. IEEE ICOCN 2014 included three technical tracks:
(1) optical networks, (2) optical transmission subsystems and
techniques, and (3) photonic devices and integration.
IEEE ICOCN 2014 was a two-day event organized by
Optical Network Technology Research Center (ONTRC) in
School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Soochow
University. IEEE ICOCN 2014 was technically sponsored
by IEEE Photonics Society. The conference was also sup-
ported by National Natural Science Foundation of China
(NSFC), Zhongtian Broadband Technology, Electronic Insti-
tute of Suzhou, and the City Government of Suzhou.
We accepted more than 120 papers by the authors from
more than 13 countries and regions, among which 59 are
invited talks. All the papers were carefully reviewed by more
than 30 Technical Program Committee (TPC) members and
external reviewers, with each paper evaluated by at least two
Soochow University, Suzhou 215006,
People’s Republic of China
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.,
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications,
Beijing 100876, People’s Republic of China
The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road,
EC 31, Richardson, TX 75080-3021, USA
reviewers. All these papers and talks are organized into eight
lecture-style oral sessions and one interactive poster session.
Based on the comments received from the reviewers, the
authors of nine accepted papers that are in the area of opti-
cal networks were invited to submit an extended version of
their work for possible publication in this Optical Networks
Special Issue of the Springer Photonic Network Communica-
tions (PNET) journal. After a thorough review process, eight
papers have been selected for publication. In addition, this
Special Issue includes invited papers that went through the
same review process of the other accepted papers. A brief
summary on the accepted papers is provided next.
In “Backup Reprovisioning with Partial Protection for
Disaster-Survivable Software-Deﬁned Optical Networks,” S.
S. Savas, C. Ma, M. Tornatore, and B. Mukherjee propose
a Backup Reprovisioning with Partial Protection (BRPP)
scheme supporting dedicated path protection, where backup
resources are reserved but not provisioned (as in shared-
path protection), such that the amount of bandwidth reserved
for backups as well as their routings is subject to dynamic
changes, given the network state, to increase utilization.
In “Optical Quorum Cycles for Efﬁcient Communica-
tion,” C. J. Kleinheksel and A. K. Somani propose to apply
the distributed efﬁciency of the quorum sets to route optical
cycles based on light-trails. With this new method of topology
construction, unicast and multicast communication requests
do not need to be known or even modeled a priori.
In “Correlation-based Virtual Machine Migration in
Dynamic Cloud Environments,” L. Liu, S. Zheng, H. Yu, V.
Anand, and D. Xu establish a service level agreement (SLA)-
based soft migration mechanism to signiﬁcantly reduce the
number of virtual machine (VM) migrations, and develop
two algorithms to solve the VM and server selection issues,
in which the correlation between the VMs and the servers is