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7 October 1998 Analysis of all-optical IP routers
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The increased data traffic experienced today and the projected increase in the data traffic in the future demand exploration of novel approaches to IP transport such as transport of IP traffic over optics. The bimodal nature of the IP traffic short packets which are typical of transactional-style flows and large packets or bursts which are encountered in the transport of large data blocks requires, design of routers that are capable of routing packets with variable lengths efficiently. In this paper, we discuss the design aspects of such all-optical IP-switches. The broadcast and select architecture is a prime candidate for implementing optical IP routers. Construction of optical routers with buffering, wavelength conversion and multipath routing are considered. The merits and demerits of all these cases and the effect of buffer size, wavelength conversion and multiple-path routing on the blocking probability and probability of packet loss are discussed.
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Lakshman S. Tamil, Francesco B. Masetti, Thomas C. McDermott, Gerardo Castanon, Andrew Ge, and Ljubisa Tancevski "Analysis of all-optical IP routers", Proc. SPIE 3531, All-Optical Networking: Architecture, Control, and Management Issues, (7 October 1998);


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