Recent advancements towards green optical networks

Alan Davidson, Ivan Glesk, Adrianus Buis, Junjia Wang, Lawrence Chen

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Abstract

Recent years have seen a rapid growth in demand for ultra high speed data transmission with end users expecting fast, high bandwidth network access. With this rapid growth in demand, data centres are under pressure to provide ever increasing data rates through their networks and at the same time improve the quality of data handling in terms of reduced latency, increased scalability and improved channel speed for users. However as data rates increase, present technology based on well-established CMOS technology is becoming increasingly difficult to scale and consequently data networks are struggling to satisfy current network demand. In this paper the interrelated issues of electronic scalability, power consumption, limited copper interconnect bandwidth and the limited speed of CMOS electronics will be explored alongside the tremendous bandwidth potential of optical fibre based photonic networks. Some applications of photonics to help alleviate the speed and latency in data networks will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. SPIE 9441
Subtitle of host publication19th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics
EditorsAgnieszka Popiolek-Masajada, Waclaw Urbanczyk
Number of pages12
Volume9441
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2014
Event19th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics - Jelenia Gora, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 201412 Sep 2014

Conference

Conference19th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityJelenia Gora
Period8/09/1412/09/14

Keywords

  • data centre network
  • electronic bottleneck
  • optical interconnect
  • optical switching
  • scalability

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