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SWANET: an all-optical self-routed wavelength-addressable network
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a novel self-routed wavelength-addressable switching network (SWANET) that provides wavelength-transparent optical data paths between end-point, configured by wavelength-coded optical signals. The network is based on a new scheme for encoding destination addresses using a sequence of wavelengths. This allows large networks to be constructed using a moderate number of available wavelengths. The multistage switch architecture may be used either as a circuit switch or as a packet switch. We describe the architecture of SWANET and the design of its switch nodes. We also analyze the effect of fiber dispersion on the transmission time of the header and evaluate the tradeoffs involved in minimizing the header transmission time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2524, National Science Foundation (NSF) Forum on Optical Science and Engineering, (15 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.219579
Show Author Affiliations
Constance J. Chang-Hasnain, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Joseph W. Goodman, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Kam Y. Lau, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Anujan M. Varma, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2524:
National Science Foundation (NSF) Forum on Optical Science and Engineering
William H. Carter, Editor(s)

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