A Novel Fiber Delay Line Buffering Architecture for Optical Packet Switching

Lin Li, Stephen D. Scott, Jitender S. Deogun

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Due to the lack of optical random access memory, optical fiber delay line (FDL) is currently the only way to implement optical buffering. Feed-forward and feedback are two kinds of FDL structures in optical buffering. Both have advantages and disadvantages. In this paper, we propose a more effective hybrid FDL architecture that combines the merits of both schemes. The core of this switch is the arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) and the tunable wavelength converter (TWC). It requires smaller optical device sizes and fewer wavelengths and has less noise than feedback architecture. At the same time, it can facilitate preemptive priority routing which feed-forward architecture cannot support. Our numerical results show that the new switch architecture significantly reduces packet loss probability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2003
EventIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference GLOBECOM'03 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Dec 1 2003Dec 5 2003


ConferenceIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference GLOBECOM'03
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Global and Planetary Change

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Li, L., Scott, S. D., & Deogun, J. S. (2003). A Novel Fiber Delay Line Buffering Architecture for Optical Packet Switching. 2809-2813. Paper presented at IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference GLOBECOM'03, San Francisco, CA, United States.