Optical packet switching fabrics comparison under SCWP/SHWP operational modes


Commercial applications of optical packet switching to backbone WDM networks are still far from reality due to hardware costs. The two envisaged alternatives for network control and operation of this type of networks is scattered wavelength path (SCWP) and shared wavelength path (SHWP). The advantages and drawbacks of both approaches involve many different issues. In this paper, the impact of SCWP and SHWP switching modes on performance and hardware costs is discussed and evaluated for three different prominent OPS switch fabric designs: KEOPS switch, space switch, and output-buffered wavelength-routed switch. To achieve it, we conduct a necessary set of modifications for these architectures, which were not originally conceived for SCWP/SHWP. This normalization process is unavoidable to provide a true comparison among the switch fabric designs, and to advance to a global comparison between SCWP and SHWP operation modes, that under knowledge of the authors do not exist yet.

Proceedings of the Eighth IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications. ISCC 2003, PP. 547–553 vol.1, DOI: 10.1109/ISCC.2003.1214176