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Packet switched networks with photonic code processing
Author(s): J. B. Rosas-Fernandez; L. R. Chen; S. LaRochelle; A. Leon-Garcia; D. Plant; L. A. Rusch
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present our study of all optical label encoding and ultrafast processing to route packets through optical networks. Our investigations include new network topologies, novel photonic components and performance analysis. We propose a label stacked packet switching system using spectral amplitude codes (SAC) as labels. We have developed enabling technologies to realize key photonic components for generation, correlation (identification) and conversion (swapping) of SAC-labels. We generate and identify the labels with fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) encoders used in transmission. Furthermore, we demonstrate a static, all-photonic code-label converter based on a semiconductor fiber ring laser that can be used for label swapping of SAC-labels. We also address the design of dedicated receivers for optical burst detection. For this, we propose a novel architecture for a burst mode receiver module. In the system studies, we have shown by simulations that the throughput of standard Ethernet passive optical networks (E-PONs) can be substantially increased by the use of data encoded with SACs to achieve optical code division multiple access over passive optical networks (OCDMA-PONs). In the paper, we present recent results for all of these photonic technologies and we discuss how they can enable flexible packet switched networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2006
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6343, Photonics North 2006, 63431O (8 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.707768
Show Author Affiliations
J. B. Rosas-Fernandez, Univ. Laval (Canada)
L. R. Chen, McGill Univ. (Canada)
S. LaRochelle, Univ. Laval (Canada)
A. Leon-Garcia, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
D. Plant, McGill Univ. (Canada)
L. A. Rusch, Univ. Laval (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6343:
Photonics North 2006
Pierre Mathieu, Editor(s)

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