Systems perspective on optical processing/packet networks

Paul R. Prucnal, Bing C. Wang, Ivan Glesk

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Despite the recent success of fiber optics, it has so far been used primarily as a low loss, high bandwidth replacement to electrical cable in point to point transmission links. In these systems, optical signals are usually converted to the electrical domain at intermediate nodes in order to perform switching. For example, in the Internet, electronic switches are used to route packets to their destinations. However, in this approach, the maximum serial line rate will always be limited by the bandwidth of electronics, which is considerably less than the tens of Terahertz bandwidth available in optical fiber. In effect, a bottleneck is created in the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2002 IEEE/LEOS - Summer Topical Meeting
Subtitle of host publicationAll-Optical Networking: Existing and Emerging Architecture and Applications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)0780373782
StatePublished - 2002
EventIEEE/LEOS - Summer Topical Meeting - Mont Tremblant, Canada
Duration: Jul 15 2002Jul 17 2002

Publication series

NameLEOS Summer Topical Meeting
ISSN (Print)1099-4742


OtherIEEE/LEOS - Summer Topical Meeting
CityMont Tremblant

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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