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Scaling Photonic Packet Switches to a Large Number of Ports [Invited]

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We review our work on optical switching architectures that allow for scaling to a large number (thousands) of ports. We explain that the complexity of the node control critically depends on the node architecture and, hence, critically impacts the end-to-end latency of the system. We introduce node architectures with highly distributed control that allow for systems with very low end-to-end latency. We present integrated devices that support such systems and we present laboratory experiments to illustrate the technical feasibility of such switching systems.

©2012 Optical Society of America

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