1 October 1991 TeraNet: a multigigabit-per-second hybrid circuit/packet-switched lightwave network
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TeraNet is an experimental optical network which offers user access rates as high as one Gigabit per second (Gbps). The network provides both circuit switching and ATM packet switching in a hierarchical fashion. Circuit switching is accomplished through the use of tunable optical WDMA/Subcarrier-FDMA channels. An overlaid multihop technique that uses a sub-set of the underlying optical circuits, constructs a packet switching environment. Circuit switched services interface to the passive optical 'ether' through Media Interface Units (MIU). A 3 X 3 switching node called Network Interface Unit (NIU), with 1 Gbps capacity per port, is used as an ATM access port to the packet switching layer. The ATM overlaid network incorporates a traffic control architecture that supports multiple traffic classes. Output buffers and bandwidth are shared according to a resource allocation concept called Asynchronous Time Sharing (ATS).
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Rafael Gidron, Stuart D. Elby, Anthony S. Acampora, John B. Georges, Kam Y. Lau, "TeraNet: a multigigabit-per-second hybrid circuit/packet-switched lightwave network", Proc. SPIE 1579, Advanced Fiber Communications Technologies, (1 October 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50138; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.50138

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