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Multiwavelength networks and new approaches to packet switching

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1 Author(s)
M. S. Goodman ; Bell Commun. Res., Murray Hill, NJ, USA

The author shows how the bandwidth available through the use of multiwavelength optical-fiber technology can be used to achieve novel large-capacity switching systems to address anticipated switching bottlenecks. He does so by describing the features and network applications of a specific multiwavelength network, the Bellcore LAMBDANET packet switch. The discussion is then extended to a number of recent proposals for switching fabrics based on this new multiwavelength technology. The particular technologies he discusses are: the photonic knockout switch, a proposal similar to the concept of the LAMBDANET, but not requiring N receivers at each node; the FOX (fast optical cross-connect), an active wavelength routing approach; the ShuffleNet architecture; the HYPASS and BHYPASS switches; the coherent wavelength division lambda switch; and the Bellcore Star-Track multicast switch.<>

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IEEE Communications Magazine  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 10 )