Progress in optical packet switching

Ireneusz Szcześniak


Optical packet switching, which was supposed to take advantage of the large optical fiber bandwidth, has not been deployed yet, while it would promptly be applied had it offered advantages over electronic packet switching. In the article we discuss the recent progress in optical packet switching with emphasis on practical application. We also mention why optical packet switching has failed, and discuss its prospects.


optical packet switching; optical buffering; monolithic integration; wavelength conversion

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