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A high-speed flooding optical local area network

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2 Author(s)
Kavehrad, Mohsen ; AT&T Bell Lab., Holmdel, NJ, USA ; Habbab, I.

The problem of interconnecting many high-speed terminal users via an optical local-area network (LAN) is examined. Advantage is taken of space-division multiplexing to provide point-to-point connectivity. As a result, simple light sources and receivers are all that is required. The call setup between a source and a destination is based on the broadcasting of a short address packet or on flowing, which is a simple topology-independent routing method that alleviates the need to have intelligent nodes (cross points). A simple protocol is used to establish an end-to-end path, using flooding. Once a source/destination path is established, the actual call starts. The established path is not interrupted by other call setup flooding attempts and/or other calls. The performance analysis for a simple tree network indicates that a capacity of 66% can be achieved at reasonable average blocking delays. The network users can each access full electronics speed; the total throughput of the network is a multiple of full electronics speed. The concurrency is achieved by space-division multiplexing.<>

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Communications, 1988. ICC '88. Digital Technology - Spanning the Universe. Conference Record., IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

12-15 June 1988