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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 24258–24267

A hybrid optical packet and wavelength selective switching platform for high-performance data center networks

Lin Xu, Wenjia Zhang, Hugo L. R. Lira, Michal Lipson, and Keren Bergman  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 24258-24267 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.024258


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Abstract

We propose and experimentally demonstrate for the first time a hybrid optical packet and wavelength selective switching platform for high-performance data center networks. This architecture based on cascaded silicon microrings and semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) supports wavelength reconfigurable packet and circuit switching, and is highly scalable, energy efficient and potentially integratable. By combining the wavelength-selective behavior of the microring and the broadband behavior of the SOA switch, we are able to achieve fast switching transitions, high extinction ratios, and low driving voltages, which are all requirements for future optical high-performance data center networks. Routing correctness and error-free operation (<10−12) are verified for both 10-Gb/s and 40-Gb/s packets and streaming data with format transparency.

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OCIS Codes
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(250.3140) Optoelectronics : Integrated optoelectronic circuits
(060.4253) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks, circuit-switched
(060.4259) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks, packet-switched

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 26, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2011
Published: November 14, 2011

Citation
Lin Xu, Wenjia Zhang, Hugo L. R. Lira, Michal Lipson, and Keren Bergman, "A hybrid optical packet and wavelength selective switching platform for high-performance data center networks," Opt. Express 19, 24258-24267 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-24-24258


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