Abstract

A random-access protocol for optical direct-detection mode-division multiplexing networks is proposed. The protocol is suitable for both data centers and on-chip communications systems. A mathematical description of the protocol is developed using both a Markov chain model analysis and an equilibrium point analysis. Several performance measures—specifically average network throughput, average packet delay, and average blocking probability—are derived. In our analysis, the effects of both multiplexing crosstalk and receiver noise are taken into account. The effect of several design parameters on the obtained performance measures are examined with the aid of a set of numerical examples.

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