All optical processing of optical packets

N. Calabretta, H.D. Jung, E. Tangdiongga, A.M.J. Koonen, H.J.S. Dorren

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In this paper two different paradigms to realize a scalable all-optical packet switch with label swapping will be reviewed. All the functions required for switching the packets are based on all-optical signal processing without any electronic control. This allows very low latency and potential photonic integration of the systems. We report for both techniques experimental results showing the routing operation of the 160 Gb/s packets and beyond. We will discuss and compare both techniques in term of devices and bit-rate scalability, latency, power consumption, power penalty performance and cascadability as key parameters for the realization, of an all-optical packet switch.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Transmission Systems, Switching, and Subsystems VII, Shanghai, China, November 2, 2009
EditorsD. Chiaroni
Place of PublicationBellingham
ISBN (Print)9780819480347
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventOptical Transmission Systems, Switching, and Subsystems VII - Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 Nov 20096 Nov 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceOptical Transmission Systems, Switching, and Subsystems VII


  • Label rewriter
  • Label swapping
  • Optical packet switching
  • Optical signal processing, label processor
  • Semiconductor optical amplifier


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