Networking

Optical Burst and Packet Switching

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Executive Summary

This chapter discusses optical burst and packet switching technologies in detail and examines their roles in the future Internet. Authors will first discuss the role of optical circuit, burst, and packet switching systems in photonic networks and will cover the benefit and trade-off issues in optical circuit, burst, and packet switching networks. Following an introductory section, authors will review the networking architecture/protocols, systems, and technologies pertaining to optical burst switching and will repeat careful investigations into optical packet switching.

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