Architectures and protocols that enable new applications on optical networks

Malathi Veeraraghavan, Ramesh Karri, Tim Moors, Mark Karol, Reinette Grobler

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This article first discusses how advances in networking architectures and protocols can complement advances in optical communications research to increase the overall value of optical networks by enabling more applications. A review of existing optical networking solutions is then provided along with a classification of different types of optical networks. Finally, we show how single-hop and multihop wavelength-routed networks can be used efficiently for fast end-to-end file transfers when these networks are equipped with a hardware-implementable signaling protocol, a routing protocol, and a simple transport protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-127
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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