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Principal Investigators:
Prof. Andrea Fumagalli (OpNeAR Lab)
Prof. Rongquing Hiu
Co Principal Investigators:
Prof. Franco Maloberti
Prof. Stefano Gregori
Dr. Marco Tacca (OpNeAR Lab)


High-Speed Self-Configuring Networks Based on Cost-Effective Plug-and-Play Optical (PPO) Nodes


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This project envisions and investigates a future ad-hoc multi-gigabit network infrastructure connecting a very large number of inexpensive optical nodes. Users will connect nodes via already installed fibers by a simple plug-and-play operation. An on-board optical micro-lab, advanced transmission models, and an intensive signal processing are the key components to design network protocols that are able to intelligently adjust optical data flows and wavelength selection and to enable the plug-and-play node operation. The objective of this research is to identify the required technologies, to study protocols and algorithms, to develop suitable transmission models, to design and fabricate critical parts of an integrated optical micro-lab that will make the envisioned scenario a reality, and to amalgamate all the achieved results for proving the PPO node concept feasibility.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #0435393 and Grant # 0435381. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Last updated: 08/18/2006