We describe some of the results of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) sponsored Consortium on Wide-band All-Optical Networks in developing architectures, technology components, and applications for the realization of scaleable, wideband, and transparent optical wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) networks. Our architecture addresses all-optical transport over the wide, metropolitan, and local areas. It utilizes wavelength partitioning, routing, and active multiwavelength cross-connect switches to achieve a network that is scaleable in the number of users, data rates, and geographic span. The network supports two services which can be point-to-multipoint, or multipoint-to-multipoint simplex or duplex connections. A-service is a transparent physically circuit-switched service and B-service is a scheduled time-slotted circuit which is transparent within its time slots. We have developed a 20-channel local and metropolitan area WDM testbed deployed in the Boston area, now undergoing characterization and experimental applications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering