A Hybrid Optical Packet and Wavelength Selective Switching Platform for High-Performance Data Center Networks

The authors propose and experimentally demonstrate for the first time a hybrid optical packet and wavelength selective switching platform for high-performance data center networks. This architecture based on cascaded silicon micro-rings and Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs) supports wavelength reconfigurable packet and circuit switching, and is highly scalable, energy efficient and potentially integrable. By combining the wavelength-selective behavior of the microring and the broadband behavior of the SOA switch, they are able to achieve fast switching transitions, high extinction ratios, and low driving voltages, which are all requirements for future optical high-performance data center networks.

Provided by: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Topic: Software Date Added: Nov 2011 Format: PDF

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