Proceedings PaperArchitectures and access protocols for multichannel networks
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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.