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Upgrading a nationwide, fiber-based, electronic packet-switched network
Author(s): Dhritiman Banerjee; Biswanath Mukherjee
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Paper Abstract

We develop algorithms for the design of optical packet-switched networks. These algorithms are aimed at upgrading an existing fiber-based, network infrastructure, such as the NSFNET backbone, by using wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology. The network architecture employs wavelength-routing optical switches which enable the establishment of all-optical, WDM channels, called lightpaths. A set of lightpaths may be used as a virtual topology over which packet-switched traffic may be transported ina store-and-forward manner. The packet forwarding is done by electronic packet routers which are attached to the wavelength-routing optical switches. This paper examines issues related to the upgrading of an existing fiber-based, packet-switched, electronic network to accommodate WDM, and to the optimal choice of the virtual topology based on changing traffic demands. We demonstrate how the total information carrying capacity of the network can be enhanced by using WDM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2524, National Science Foundation (NSF) Forum on Optical Science and Engineering, (15 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.219581
Show Author Affiliations
Dhritiman Banerjee, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
Biswanath Mukherjee, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2524:
National Science Foundation (NSF) Forum on Optical Science and Engineering
William H. Carter, Editor(s)

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