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This paper reports on modern features of the optical-label switching (OLS) system in support of multicast, optical time-to-live (TTL), and video-streaming applications. We first propose and demonstrate optical-label switching core router architecture with multicast function. The multicast switching architecture provides reduced complexity and effective multicast contention resolution compared to conventional multicast-capable switching fabric. A proof-of-principle experiment successfully showed packet multicast forwarding with contention resolution. The all-optical TTL monitors the healthiness of the packet, and prevents degraded packets from traveling or looping further in the network. The experiment demonstrated successful packet discards based on optical signal-to-noise ratio degradation. Finally, we present an optical label switching edge router that supports aggregation, quality of service, and class of service, and we further demonstrate a video streaming application between Ethernet clients through the OLS edge routers and a core router. The modern features of OLS routers proposed and demonstrated in this paper indicate the viability of OLS technologies in future photonic Internet in support of modern applications.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2005