Abstract

<p><a href="http://www.osa-jon.org/virtual_issue.cfm?vid=14">Feature Issue on Convergence</a></p>We present a load-balanced packet router with an all-optical data plane and a decentralized control plane. The router, whose architecture scales up to 256 Tbit/s with current technology, consists of two space switches based on wavelength converters and large N×N arrayed-waveguide gratings, surrounding a deterministic time buffer. First experimental results have been obtained in a 2×2 testbed with 40 Gbit/s wavelength converters that use monolithically-integrated semiconductor optical amplifiers, and with fiber-delay-line time buffers.

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