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Architectural and technological issues for future optical Internet networks

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3 Author(s)
Listanti, M. ; Rome Univ., Italy ; Eramo, V. ; Sabella, R.

This article reports a review of the most significant issues related to network architectures and technologies which will enable the realization of future optical Internet networks. The design of such networks has to take into consideration the peculiar characteristics of Internet traffic. Several architectures have been proposed to provide optical networking solutions, based on wavelength-division multiplexing and compatible with the IP world. These architectures are presented briefly, and the main advantages and drawbacks are discussed. Furthermore, advanced network architectures are reported. In particular, two network paradigms are illustrated and discussed: the optical transparent packet network and optical burst switching. Finally, the key technologies are illustrated

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 9 )

Date of Publication:

Sep 2000

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