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Optical distribution networks
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Paper Abstract

Current optical networks are migrating towards WDM-based transport between traditional electronic multiplexers/demultiplexers, routers and switches. The ONRAMP Program addresses technologies, architectures and designs of future high performance data networks. This paper focuses on WDM aware IP networks with emphasis on access networks. The access network can be divided into the feeder network and the distribution network. Generally bandwidths of fiber closer to the end user is less precious. Thus in the distribution network, we propose the use of all passive optical components and remotely pumped amplifiers trading bandwidth assignment efficiencies for lower costs. We will examine the design of the distribution network from the view of services to be supported by the network and its desirable properties. Generic physical topologies will be considered and implementation optics presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4233, OptiComm 2000: Optical Networking and Communications, (22 September 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.401811
Show Author Affiliations
Vincent W. S. Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Serena Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Shayan Mookherjea, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4233:
OptiComm 2000: Optical Networking and Communications
Imrich Chlamtac, Editor(s)

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