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17 December 1992 STARNET-E: a broadband wavelength-division multiplexed optical local-area network
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We propose enhancements to STARNET, a previously proposed wavelength division multiplexed broadband optical local area network. STARNET offers the users both a medium- speed packet-switched ring network, and a high-speed circuit interconnection. The enhanced architecture, STARNET-E, improves performance in both the packet and the circuit interconnect sections over the previous version. Performance analysis of the STARNET-E packet network shows that this data transport facility can be upgraded to Gb/s total throughput with little added complexity with respect to the original STARNET. Moreover, we show that STARNET nodes can be enhanced to allow reconfigurable multihop topologies with little added optical hardware. The throughput of multihop distributed switching over a passive star physical topology in STARNET-E is compared to the throughput of an active centralized switch. STARNET-E offers to all nodes a Gb/s total throughput packet transport facility and a high speed circuit interconnect, simultaneously and independently. In addition, a node can trade the high speed circuit interconnect service for a multihop broadband packet network without the need for any added optical hardware.
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Leonid G. Kazovsky, Charles F. Barry, Ciro A. Noronha Jr., and Pierluigi T. Poggiolini "STARNET-E: a broadband wavelength-division multiplexed optical local-area network", Proc. SPIE 1787, Multigigabit Fiber Communications, (17 December 1992);


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