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Recent advancements towards green optical networks
Author(s): Alan Davidson; Ivan Glesk; Adrianus Buis; Junjia Wang; Lawrence Chen
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Paper Abstract

Recent years have seen a rapid growth in demand for ultra high speed data transmission with end users expecting fast, high bandwidth network access. With this rapid growth in demand, data centres are under pressure to provide ever increasing data rates through their networks and at the same time improve the quality of data handling in terms of reduced latency, increased scalability and improved channel speed for users. However as data rates increase, present technology based on well-established CMOS technology is becoming increasingly difficult to scale and consequently data networks are struggling to satisfy current network demand. In this paper the interrelated issues of electronic scalability, power consumption, limited copper interconnect bandwidth and the limited speed of CMOS electronics will be explored alongside the tremendous bandwidth potential of optical fibre based photonic networks. Some applications of photonics to help alleviate the speed and latency in data networks will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 December 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9441, 19th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics, 944117 (5 December 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2084956
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Alan Davidson, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Ivan Glesk, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Adrianus Buis, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Junjia Wang, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Lawrence Chen, McGill Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9441:
19th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics
Agnieszka Popiolek-Masajada; Waclaw Urbanczyk, Editor(s)

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