A wideband all-optical WDM network

I. P. Kaminow, C. R. Doerr, C. Dragone, T. Koch, U. Koren, A. A.M. Saleh, A. J. Kirby, C. M. Özveren, B. Schofield, R. E. Thomas, R. A. Barry, D. M. Castagnozzi, V. W.S. Chan, B. R. Hemenway, D. Marquis, S. A. Parikh, M. L. Stevens, E. A. Swanson, S. G. Finn, R. G. Gallager

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We describe some of the results of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) sponsored Consortium on Wide-band All-Optical Networks in developing architectures, technology components, and applications for the realization of scaleable, wideband, and transparent optical wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) networks. Our architecture addresses all-optical transport over the wide, metropolitan, and local areas. It utilizes wavelength partitioning, routing, and active multiwavelength cross-connect switches to achieve a network that is scaleable in the number of users, data rates, and geographic span. The network supports two services which can be point-to-multipoint, or multipoint-to-multipoint simplex or duplex connections. A-service is a transparent physically circuit-switched service and B-service is a scheduled time-slotted circuit which is transparent within its time slots. We have developed a 20-channel local and metropolitan area WDM testbed deployed in the Boston area, now undergoing characterization and experimental applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)780-797
Number of pages18
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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