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We present SPINet (Scalable Photonic Integrated Network), an optical switching architecture particularly designed for photonic integration. The performance of SPlNet-based networks is investigated through simulations, and it is shown that SPINet can provide the bandwidth demanded by high performance computing systems while meeting the ultra-low latency and scalability requirements. Experiments are conducted on a model SOA-based switching node to verify the feasibility of the SPINet concepts, and demonstrate error-free routing of 160 Gb/s peak bandwidth payload.
Date of Conference: 17-19 Aug. 2005