Fiber-Optic Circuits for Address-Independent Routing
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
A technique is described whereby general address-independent networks (AIN) [*] can be constructed using passive fiber-optic circuitry for controlling message nodes. An AIN is typically a network where each node in the graph forwards messages, so as to ensure the following: - That each message reaches every network node, - That each message traverses only a finite number of lengths (so that messages do not propagate indefinitely). The routing is such that the contents or address of any message need not be examined in order to guarantee the above properties. Address-independent networks are generally used in local networks, such as rings, busses, stars, etc., and can be characterized by its forwarding function at each node.