Scalability of packet switches and Internet routers depends on the characteristics, performance, and technology of the switching fabric. Here a terabit optical fast packet-switching matrix, developed at Alcatel, is presented and put into perspective with respect to trends observed in electronic implementations.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
FOCUS: HIGH-CAPACITY PACKET-SWITCHED FABRICS
Original Manuscript: June 19, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2003
Published: July 6, 2003
F. Masetti, D. Chiaroni, R. Dragnea, R. Robotham, and D. Zriny, "High-speed high-capacity packet-switching fabric: a key system for required flexibility and capacity [Invited]," J. Opt. Netw. 2, 255-265 (2003)