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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 25 — Dec. 11, 2006
  • pp: 12008–12014

Dynamically reconfigurable optical packet switch (DROPS)

Chi-Heng Huang, Hsu-Feng Chou, John E. Bowers, Farzam Toudeh-Fallah, and Russ Gyurek  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 25, pp. 12008-12014 (2006)

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A novel Dynamically Reconfigurable Optical Packet Switch (DROPS) that combines both spectral and spatial switching capabilities is proposed and experimentally demonstrated for the first time. Compared with an Arrayed Waveguide Grating Router (AWGR), the added spatial switching capability provided by the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) enables dynamically reconfigurable routing that is not possible with an AWGR alone. This methodology has several advantages over an AWGR including scalability, additional degrees of freedom in routing a packet from an ingress port to an egress port and more flexibility in path or line card recovery. The experimental demonstration implemented with 10-Gb/s packets shows that the added spatial switching does not degrade the bit-error-rate performance, indicating the promising potential of DROPS as a versatile and ultra-high capacity switch for optical packet-switched networks.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4250) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 31, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 24, 2006
Published: December 11, 2006

Chi-Heng Huang, Hsu-Feng Chou, John E. Bowers, Farzam Toudeh-Fallah, and Russ Gyurek, "Dynamically reconfigurable optical packet switch (DROPS)," Opt. Express 14, 12008-12014 (2006)

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