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Strictly and wide-sense nonblocking photonic switching systems under crosstalk constraint

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2 Author(s)
Mehdi Vaez, M. ; AT&T Bell Labs., Middletown, NJ, USA ; Chin-Tau Lea

Photonic switching systems based on directional coupler switching elements can switch multiple-wavelength signals at the speed of tera-bits per second. Crosstalk is an intrinsic shortcoming of the directional couplers which must be overcome in the construction of an efficient switching system. Therefore, it adds a new dimension to the design of the networks based on directional couplers. We explore the principles of constructing strictly nonblocking directional coupler-based photonic switching systems under various crosstalk constraints. We show that a lower level of crosstalk can be achieved at a cost of additional hardware. We also introduce a rule that limits the routing of the new connections based on the state of the switching network. Such a rule can significantly reduce the undesired crosstalk and the hardware complexity of the strictly nonblocking network at the same time. The resulting network is therefore categorized as a wide-sense nonblocking network

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INFOCOM '98. Seventeenth Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies. Proceedings. IEEE  (Volume:1 )

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29 Mar-2 Apr 1998