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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editors: K. Bergman and V. Chan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2011
  • pp: 447–457

Scalable Fractional Lambda Switching: A Testbed

Mario Baldi, Michele Corrà, Giorgio Fontana, Guido Marchetto, Yoram Ofek, Danilo Severina, and Olga Zadedyurina  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Vol. 3, Issue 5, pp. 447-457 (2011)

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This paper presents experiments on a testbed based on ultra-scalable switches realized using off-the-shelf optical and electronic components. The scalability of this switching architecture, a direct outcome of the deployment of pipeline forwarding, results—in addition to much lower cost—in the need for a smaller amount of components, and, consequently, lower power dissipation, which is key to a “greening” of the Internet. Although an all-optical architecture is demonstrated, we reached the conclusion that, given the current state of the art, a hybrid electro-optical architecture is the “best-of-breed” switch solution.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.4250) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: December 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 22, 2011
Published: April 29, 2011

Mario Baldi, Michele Corrà, Giorgio Fontana, Guido Marchetto, Yoram Ofek, Danilo Severina, and Olga Zadedyurina, "Scalable Fractional Lambda Switching: A Testbed," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 3, 447-457 (2011)

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