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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editors: K. Bergman and O. Gerstel
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 945–956

Scaling Star-Coupler-Based Optical Networks for Avionics Applications

Qi Li, Sebastien Rumley, Madeleine Glick, Johnnie Chan, Howard Wang, Keren Bergman, and Raj Dutt  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Vol. 5, Issue 9, pp. 945-956 (2013)

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In this work scaling of an optical broadcast-and-select network based on a passive star coupler is explored for avionics applications. Each client in the network is equipped with a transmitter unit and a multichannel receiver capable of receiving signals from all other clients connected to the star coupler. We propose a connecting node concept to scale the number of clients supported by the architecture. These connecting nodes act as bridges between star couplers, enabling the organization of several star couplers into a topology with additional clients. This design is modeled in the PhoenixSim simulation environment, and system-level simulation results are reported. We then propose the ring topology and dimension-N topology to interconnect and scale star couplers. Finally we compare the ring and dimension-N topologies in terms of scalability limit at different crossing traffic loads, revealing the trade-offs between latency, system complexity, and scalability. Our study shows that a robust, low-latency network of up to hundreds of clients, sufficient for current and next-generation avionics applications, can be built using off-the-shelf and near-term commercial technology.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects
(060.4252) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks, broadcast
(060.4258) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks, network topology

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Original Manuscript: April 2, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2013
Published: August 7, 2013

Qi Li, Sebastien Rumley, Madeleine Glick, Johnnie Chan, Howard Wang, Keren Bergman, and Raj Dutt, "Scaling Star-Coupler-Based Optical Networks for Avionics Applications," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 5, 945-956 (2013)

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