Professor Mikel Izal from the Public University of Navarre, Basque Country, has analysed the problems to integrate new optic networks in actual network and transfer level (TCP/IP) Internet protocols. This integration will enable to create the core of the second Internet generation in future, the so called Internet 2.
In that area, technological innovations are created everyday and the thesis has been focused on the burst switching networks corresponding to the second optic Internet generation.
Nowadays new optic technologies are based on wavelength division multiplexing. That way, several channels are transferred in a single optic fibre by using different wavelength carriers. Those optic technologies are divided into three generations. The first generation is based on wavelength division multiplexing (WDM). Here it is possible to create high capacity link networks between actual IP routers. The second one offers the possibility to make some operations of direct switching via optic technology. That way, the core of the network may offer optic channels, named Ligthpaths, or it can switch data in large packages, named burst switching networks.
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