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Architectures and access protocols for multichannel networks
Author(s): Mark J. Karol
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Paper Abstract

For multiuser, local, and metropolitan area networks, lightwave technology provides an opportunity to share an enormous network capacity among all network users. However, the selection of an appropriate media access control algorithm may be more important than the fiber bandwidth and the transmitter power in determining the network throughput. We compare a variety of architectures and access protocols for multi-channel packet networks. Included is a recent architecture that uses coherent optics to address the media access issue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1579, Advanced Fiber Communications Technologies, (1 October 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50135
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Mark J. Karol, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1579:
Advanced Fiber Communications Technologies

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