Patent Number: 6,674,558

Title: High-throughput, low-latency next generation internet networks using optical label switching and high-speed optical header generation, detection and reinsertion

Abstract: An optical signaling header technique applicable to optical networks wherein packet routing information is embedded in the same channel or wavelength as the data payload so that both the single-sideband modulated header and data payload propagate through network elements with the same path and the associated delays. The header routing information has sufficiently different characteristics from the data payload so that the signaling header can be detected without being affected by the data payload, and that the signaling header can also be removed without affecting the data payload. The signal routing technique can be overlaid onto the conventional network elements in a modular manner using two types of applique modules. The first type effects header encoding and decoding at the entry and exit points of the data payload into and out of the network; the second type effects header detection at each of~the network elements.

Inventors: Chang; Gee-Kung (Holmdel, NJ), Way; Winston I. (Hsinchu, TW)

Assignee: The Regents of the University of California

International Classification: H04J 14/02 (20060101); H04Q 11/00 (20060101); H04J 014/00 (); H04J 014/02 ()

Expiration Date: 01/06/2021