Energy Internet and eVehicles Overview

Governments around the world are wrestling with the challenge of how to prepare society for inevitable climate change. To date most people have been focused on how to reduce Green House Gas emissions, but now there is growing recognition that regardless of what we do to mitigate against climate change the planet is going to be significantly warmer in the coming years with all the attendant problems of more frequent droughts, flooding, sever storms, etc. As such we need to invest in solutions that provide a more robust and resilient infrastructure to withstand this environmental onslaught especially for our electrical and telecommunications systems and at the same time reduce our carbon footprint.

Linking renewable energy with high speed Internet using fiber to the home combined with autonomous eVehicles and dynamic charging where vehicle's batteries are charged as it travels along the road, may provide for a whole new "energy Internet" infrastructure for linking small distributed renewable energy sources to users that is far more robust and resilient to survive climate change than today's centralized command and control infrastructure. These new energy architectures will also significantly reduce our carbon footprint. For more details please see:

Using autonomous eVehicles for Renewable Energy Transportation and Distribution: and

Free High Speed Internet to the Home or School Integrated with solar roof top:

High level architecture of Internet Networks to survive Climate Change:

Architecture and routing protocols for Energy Internet:

How to use Green Bond Funds to underwrite costs of new network and energy infrastructure:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How Transport SDN could revolutionize R&E networks

[It is exciting to see the recent announcements from ESnet and Infinera of their first Transport SDN demo. 
As many readers of this blog I have been a long advocate of Transport SDN – which is the fundamental design concept of UCLP (User Controlled Lightpaths).  Transport SDN  allows fiber infrastructure to partition their network into separate management domains OR create a single domain optical network that spans many separate independent optical management domains or infrastructure facilities.

For example, a major forward thinking R&E network is shortly going to make an announcement about how they are going to enter into a partnership  with a commercial fiber supplier to partition the network into both  a commercial and R&E facility. The commercial provider owns the fiber and the Transport SDN boxes, but will create two separate management domains – one for the R&E network and one for the commercial operator.  The R&E network can populate the optical transport boxes with its own optical transport cards and manage them independently of the commercial cards with Transport SDN. Transport SDN also allows the R&E Network to integrate wavelengths or fiber from multiple  suppliers to build their own topology with their own independent management and control planes at both the optical and IP layers. Major Fortune 500 companies who operate their own networks have been looking for this capability for years.

The big advantage of Transport SDN in partnering with commercial providers for R&E networks is that it can significantly reduce the cost of deploying an optical R&E network. It also allows national or regional R&E networks to share infrastructure with other R&E networks, but allowing each network to manage its own set of wavelengths as part of its management domain. In times of funding constraints partnering with commercials suppliers or regional networks can be a major cost saving, especially in less populated regions.

Transport  SDN will also allow the creation of a global R&E network infrastructure  that does not depend on a traditional telco hierarchical network infrastructure, to paraphrase Tolkien  of “one network to rule them all, one network to bind them all”. Instead different single optical management domains can be created from wavelengths from participating R&E networks to create “discipline or application specific” networks.  For example recently several international networks in partnership with Internet 2 have agreed to back each other up in case of an outage.  With Transport SDN each network can extend its management and control plane across each other’s infrastructure in order to provide automatic re-routing and backup between what would normally be totally independent networks.

It goes without saying that Transport SDN is also the fundamental concept underlying the deployment of zero carbon optical networks.

For additional information on Transport SDN

ESnet and Infinera Announcement of Transport SDN pilot

Some earlier papers on Transport SDN:


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