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Optical bridges for fiber optic local area networks

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1 Author(s)
Hamdi, M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Hong Kong Univ. of Sci. & Technol., Kowloon, Hong Kong

The author discusses the problem of designing high-speed fiber-optic LANs. A brief description of the architecture of a bridge is given, and its conceptual design is provided. Optical logic gates, which are the basic elements in designing optical digital circuits, are introduced. The design of an all-optical storage device, which is the basic component of the buffering system in a bridge, is shown. The design and operation of electronic shift registers and optical shift registers are explained. These optical shift registers constitute the whole buffering system in a bridge. The implementation of an optical lookup table needed for packet processing in a bridge is provided.<>

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CompEuro '92 . 'Computer Systems and Software Engineering',Proceedings.

Date of Conference:

4-8 May 1992