Performance of an optically transparent TDM statistical multiplexor for scalable bit-rate independent networks

Hemonth G. Rao, Albert L. Kellner, Jung Tsung Tsai, Rene L. Cruz, Paul K. Yu

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Abstract

We have constructed an optical 2-to-1 packet multiplexor for use in the next generation of digital networks. It has a clear advantage over conventional electronic network nodes because it can support any bit rate, theoretically up to the full bandwidth of a fiber. Since it switches on a packet-by-packet basis, the control electronics are simple and inexpensive. The multiplexor uses electronically-addressed 2 × 2 lithium niobate directional coupler switches to route packets and lengths of fiber to buffer contentious packets. The multiplexor can be cascaded to form a larger 2-to-1 multiplexor with improved packet loss performance. We present theoretical and simulated results (including packet loss rate and optical insertion loss) for this multiplexor. We also contrast the performance of the multiplexor for slotted input versus unslotted input.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsLouis S. Lome
Pages109-117
Number of pages9
Volume2690
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventWavelength Division Multiplexing Components - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: 1996 Jan 291996 Jan 31

Other

OtherWavelength Division Multiplexing Components
CitySan Jose, CA, USA
Period96/1/2996/1/31

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Rao, H. G., Kellner, A. L., Tsai, J. T., Cruz, R. L., & Yu, P. K. (1996). Performance of an optically transparent TDM statistical multiplexor for scalable bit-rate independent networks. In L. S. Lome (Ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 2690, pp. 109-117)