University of Texas - Pan American
Recent developments in fiber optics and the new bandwidth hungry applications have put more stress on the active components (switches, routers etc.,) of a network. Optical fiber bandwidth is no longer a constraint for increasing the network bandwidth. However, the processing power of the network has not scaled up to the increase in the fiber bandwidth. Communication industry is looking forward for more innovative ways of designing router architecture and research is being conducted to develop a scalable, flexible and cost-effective architecture for routers.