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Towards energy aware optical networks and interconnects

Glesk, Ivan I. and Osadola, Tolulope B. T.B. and Idris, Siti K. S.K. (2013) Towards energy aware optical networks and interconnects. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 8915. ISSN 1996-756X

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Abstract

In a today’s world, information technology has been identified as one of the major factors driving economic prosperity. Datacenters businesses have been growing significantly in the past few years. The equipments in these datacenters need to be efficiently connected to each other and also to the outside world in order to enable effective exchange of information. This is why there is need for highly scalable, energy savvy and reliable network connectivity infrastructure that is capable of accommodating the large volume of data being exchanged at any time within the datacenter network and the outside network in general. These devices that can ensure such effective connectivity currently require large amount of energy in order to meet up with these increasing demands. In this paper, an overview of works being done towards realizing energy aware optical networks and interconnects for datacenters is presented. Also an OCDMA approach is discussed as potential multiple access technique for future optical network interconnections. We also presented some challenges that might inhibit effective implementation of the OCDMA multiplexing scheme.