For the scalable optical packet transport networks, an innovative design of add-drop Benes network (ADBN) is presented where the cost and energy consumption can be considerably reduced by element savings in the architecture. In a WDM optical packet transport switching node, the ADBNs are interconnected to achieve buffer sharing among multiple ADBNs. A corresponding switch configuration algorithm and architecture rules for the single ADBN and shared ADBN are proposed to mitigate the limited connection capability of the proposed ADBN designs. Switch scalability is verified in consideration of a crosstalk noise performance and element counts.
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