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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 2000
  • pp: 827–834

Optical implementation of asynchronous-transfer-mode header-error control

Pierpaolo Boffi, Guido Maier, Mario Martinelli, and Riccardo Melen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 5, pp. 827-834 (2000)

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The asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) is a promising technique for broadband switching that is capable of supporting high-bit-rate multimedia services. Progress in all-optical parallel processing shows that photonics may be used in the future in full-functionality ATM switching nodes. All-optical switching fabrics and buffers have already been demonstrated. Fewer studies have been dedicated to ATM header-processing functions. As an example of photonic header processing, the implementation of a header-error control (HEC) subsystem by means of an optical circuit is investigated. Although traditional electronic decoders perform HEC in a serial mode, the architecture chosen for the optical HEC subsystem is based on parallelism, and an appropriate parallel-decoding algorithm was used in designing it.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(070.4560) Fourier optics and signal processing : Data processing by optical means
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(200.3050) Optics in computing : Information processing
(200.4960) Optics in computing : Parallel processing

Original Manuscript: October 19, 1999
Published: February 10, 2000

Pierpaolo Boffi, Guido Maier, Mario Martinelli, and Riccardo Melen, "Optical implementation of asynchronous-transfer-mode header-error control," Appl. Opt. 39, 827-834 (2000)

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