Feature Issue on Optical Interconnection Networks (OIN). A system of slotted interconnected rings employing a combination of wavelength-division multiple access (WDMA) with time-division multiple access (TDMA) can serve a metropolitan area without electro-optical conversion and buffering of payload except at system entry points. The multiple rings overcome the power budget limitations of the single ring extending the reach of the system to even the largest metropolitan areas, the WDM dimension provides flexibility and ease of evolution, and the TDMA dimension offers the efficiency of multiplexing gain particularly under bursty traffic. The system control information is transferred on a dedicated wavelength and is processed in the electrical domain at the ring nodes and the hub, which interconnects the rings. The algorithms control the access to each ring and the scheduling of slots among the rings, based on explicit reservations, to adapt efficiently to the fluctuating offered load. We present the design and hardware implementation of the access control algorithms for such a system built in the framework of the Information Society Technologies (IST) project DAVID (data and voice over DWDM).
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