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Supercomputer Supernet (SSN): a high-speed electro-optic campus and metropolitan network
Author(s): Nicholas Bambos; Joseph A. Bannister; Larry A. Bergman; Jason Cong; Eli Gafni; Mario Gerla; Leonard Kleinrock; Steve Monacos; Po-Chi Hu; B. Kannan; Bruce Kwan; Prasath Palnati; John Peck; Simon Walton
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Paper Abstract

The Supercomputer Supernet (SSN) is a high-performance, scalable optical interconnection network for supercomputers and workstation cluster based on asynchronous, wormhole- routing switches. The WDM optical backbone extends the geographic coverage range from interdepartmental to campus and even to metropolitan areas with dynamically reconfigurable direct or multi-hop connections. The network provides very high-speed integrated services, supporting connection oriented, guaranteed bandwidth traffic as well as datagram traffic. The first networking level of the two-level SSN architecture is electronic and consists of crossbar meshes locally interconnecting work-stations, supercomputers, peripheral devices and mass memory. At a higher networking level, an optical backbone network supporting multiple wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) channels allows communication between devices connected to distinct crossbar meshes. In this paper, we focus on the protocols of the WDM optical backbone network and address the issue of integration of the electronic wormhole- routing LAN with the optical backbone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2692, Optical Interconnects in Broadband Switching Architectures, (20 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.235857
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas Bambos, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Joseph A. Bannister, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Larry A. Bergman, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Jason Cong, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Eli Gafni, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Mario Gerla, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Leonard Kleinrock, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Steve Monacos, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Po-Chi Hu, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
B. Kannan, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Bruce Kwan, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Prasath Palnati, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
John Peck, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Simon Walton, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2692:
Optical Interconnects in Broadband Switching Architectures
Thomas J. Cloonan, Editor(s)

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