This document provides an overview of currently available and need to be developed modeling and simulation capabilities required for implementing robust and reliable Aerospace WDM LAN applications.
It is desirable to architect a new standard Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) fiber optic network architecture for aerospace platforms that will not just supplement current networks, but completely replace all legacy networks to maximize the benefits of fiber optic network technology and revolutionize networking in aerospace platforms. One of the goals of the availability of a WDM Local Area Network (LAN) standard is to help put in place metrics to evaluate and compare candidate architectures, thereby providing an objective perspective on the various merits and complexities associated with each. Modeling and simulation tools are critical for addressing and realizing this goal. Designing, modeling, and simulating a high-speed WDM network to be deployed in an aerospace environment with its unique requirements is a challenging task that requires the use of sophisticated modeling and simulation tools.