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All-optical packet-switched metropolitan-area network proposal

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A proposal for developing a precompetitive, commercially viable all-optical network architecture using dense optical wavelength division is described. The objective was to demonstrate a packet-switched high-capacity all-optical LAN/MAN network based on wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) and capable of supporting several hundred to a thousand nodes, each requiring gigabit-per-second throughputs. The discussion covers the rationale and objectives of the program; tunable components, optical amplifiers, network protocol, and application development; network interconnection studies; and testbed construction

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 5 )