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Free-space optical switching core for storage area network
Author(s): Fan Zhang; Neil Collings; William A. Crossland; Timothy D. Wilkinson; Mark Fan; Mohammad R Taghizadeh; Andrew Waddie
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Paper Abstract

Storage Area Network (SAN) has gradually developed as the demand for storage capacity and fast access has increased. The traditional way of attaching storage directly to the servers over a SCSI bus has limited scalability. Several drawbacks and limitations have turned up. Switched Fibre Channel SAN resolves all of these issues. In this paper, the architecture of the switch fabric for the SAN is discussed. The complete design of the free-space optical switching core based on the diffractive element and the PLZT shutter is proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5625, Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems II, (11 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.571874
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Fan Zhang, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Neil Collings, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
William A. Crossland, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Timothy D. Wilkinson, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Mark Fan, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Mohammad R Taghizadeh, Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom)
Andrew Waddie, Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5625:
Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems II
Cedric F. Lam; Wanyi Gu; Norbert Hanik; Kimio Oguchi, Editor(s)

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