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In this paper, we introduce the power-efficient design space for multicast wavelength-routed networks. The power-efficient design space is based on the impact of power on the overall design of wavelength-routed networks. Two cross-connect architectures on this design concept are investigated. One is an existing architecture called splitter-and-delivery (SaD). The other is a new architecture called multicast-only splitter-and-delivery (MOSaD). The MOSaD architecture uses power splitters for multicast connections only, allowing unicast connections to pass without enduring unnecessary power losses. Our cross-connect design provides a strictly nonblocking service for unicast connections while eliminating unnecessary power loss of the SaD cross-connect. Experimental results demonstrate that the MOSaD architecture provides substantial savings in cost and reduction in signal power loss with minimal effects on the blocking performance of the network.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2000