High-Speed Switch for Fast Routing of Data Packets
Patent, filed 19 Jul 95, patented 16 Sep 97
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A switching arrangement is disclosed that interconnects a plurality of processors forming a multi-processor computer system. The switching arrangement comprises optical delay lines that cooperate with microwave switching devices to, provide high speed switching of data packets of the Multi-processor computer system. The optical delay lines temporarily store data packets for a sufficient time to allow for the contention resolution circuit to establish priority for any of the data packets that may be competing for a single source. The switching arrangement allows for the servicing of the data packets within a maximum of a few cycles of the clock rate of the computer system and a minimum of less than one clock cycle.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
- Computer Systems