Filterless optical networks based on advanced transmission technologies and passive optical interconnections between nodes offer a lower-cost alternative to optical networks based on active photonic switching. A design and simulation platform is proposed for studying these novel network architectures and looking at their performance characteristics. Simulation results are presented for three reference network topologies, along with a comparative cost and performance study of active photonic and passive filterless optical network solutions.
© 2010 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2010
Published: July 9, 2010
Émile Archambault, Daniel O’Brien, Christine Tremblay, François Gagnon, Michel P. Bélanger, and Éric Bernier, "Design and Simulation of Filterless Optical Networks: Problem Definition and Performance Evaluation," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 2, 496-501 (2010)