Optical Switching Middleware for the OptIPuter

Thomas DEFANTI  Maxine BROWN  Jason LEIGH  Oliver YU  Eric HE  Joel MAMBRETTI  David LILLETHUN  Jeremy WEINBERGER  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E86-B   No.8   pp.2263-2272
Publication Date: 2003/08/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Photonic IP Network Technologies for Next Generation Broadband Access)
optical switching,  grid,  optical networking,  lightpath provisioning,  

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The OptIPuter is a radical distributed visualization, teleimmersion, data mining and computing architecture. Observing that the exponential growth rates in bandwidth and storage are now much higher than Moore's Law, this major new project of several universities--currently six in the US and one in Amsterdam--exploits a new world of computing in which the central architectural element is optical networking. This transition is caused by the use of parallelism, as in supercomputing a decade ago. However, this time the parallelism is in multiple wavelengths of light, or lambdas, on single optical fibers, creating a LambdaGrid. Providing applications-centric middleware to control the LambdaGrid on a regional and global scale is a key goal of the OptIPuter and StarLight Optical Switching projects.