We describe the application of ultrafast, all-optical logic gates to a soliton-based local or metropolitan area network. The slotted ring network discussed here serves a few hundred users and uses self routing packet switching with a 100 Gbps peak data rate and a 1.25 GHz packet rate. This is a light-pipe system where the data remains in optical format throughout the network, converting to electronics only at the host and destination nodes. The packet header or address is selected and decoded using recently demonstrated soliton dragging and trapping logic gates, which are long latency, ultrafast fiber devices that satisfy all cascadability and logic requirements for a digital optical processor. A ring network is one potential application of these logic devices that requires only a handful of gates per node.
This article is from 'OSA Proceedings of the Topical Meeting on Nonlinear Guided-Wave Phenomena Held in 2-4 September 1991. Cambridge, England United Kingdom. Volume 15', AD-A253 471, p366-369.