Project Title: (title & pictures related to the project) Technical design and prospective market opportunities for a network design optimization tool Introduction: (Explain the framework of the project and the problem to be solved) Many network simulators are being used by the research community around the world to validate their theoretical contributions. However, while there are several tools available, there are some aspects not yet included, what often drives researchers to push for ad-hoc or customized tools that best suit the expected network scenario. In this project the students will work on two main items: i) Designing a software tool for simulating the physical characteristics of an (optical) network. To this end, they have to document what the main components of an optical link are as well as to study both the technical and the economic characteristics of these components. This information is then added to the software tool in order of simulating the behaviour of an optical network. The tool must not be designed from scratch but rather defined as an third party app for a tool already developed by the CRAAX team ii) Providing a market analysis about a potential wide utilization. To do so, currently deployed tools must be analysed, with a particular focus on the market conditions, nature of the tool, and its usage on the research community Project Brief: (Describe the project specifying the main objective and its outcomes, design specifications, etc…) The main objective of the project is to produce a tool that can be embedded as an external app on a currently running network simulator tool. The tool must consider not only technical aspects but also transversal issues such as economic costs, availability, green, etc, to pick the right decisions about networks components. The outcome of the project, then, will be an optimized optical network design as a trade-off between economics, availability, etc and the best physical performance. Company Name: CRAAX / UPC Address: Neapolis Buiding, Rambla de l’exposicio, 59-59, Vilanova i la Geltru Contact person: (name, e-mail, phone number) Xavier Masip Bruin ([email protected]) Eva Marín Tordera ([email protected]) 938967280 Project team: Number of students: Students speciality: 1 -Business Management 0-Mechanical engineering 0-Electrical engineering 0-Electronics engineering 0-Chemical engineering 2 Computer engineering. 1 -Telecommunications engineering.