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Switch Scale Evaluation for Optical Cross-Connects Considering Add/Drop Ratio Restriction

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We evaluate switch scale for several single-layer and hierarchical optical cross-connects. With the introduction of practical waveband add/drop ratio bound that can be derived through recently developed network design algorithms, switch scale can be significantly reduced. We identify the most cost-effective architectures by applying practical parameter values that are determined through our studies.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

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