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Limited-range wavelength translation in all-optical networks

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4 Author(s)
J. Yates ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Melbourne Univ., Parkville, Vic., Australia ; J. Lacey ; D. Everitt ; M. Summerfield

This paper examines wavelength translation in all-optical wavelength-routed networks. Previous studies have shown that wavelength translation can improve the blocking performance of these networks. However, all the previous work has assumed that wavelength translators can translate from any input wavelength to any output wavelength. In contrast, all-optical wavelength translators demonstrated in the laboratory to date are, in general, only capable of limited translation. We assess, for the first time, the network performance improvements offered by realistic all-optical wavelength translators with a limited translation range. In particular, we consider all-optical wavelength translators based on four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers. Using a simple model for their function, we consider the blocking performance of two-hop and multiple-hop paths, and unidirectional ring and mesh-torus networks. In all the cases we consider, significant improvement in the blocking performance of the network is obtained when limited-range wavelength translators with as little as one quarter of the full range an introduced. We also find that almost all of the network performance improvement observed by an ideal wavelength translator can be gained from a translator with only half of the full translation range

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INFOCOM '96. Fifteenth Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer Societies. Networking the Next Generation. Proceedings IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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24-28 Mar 1996