Photonic Network Communications

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 87–101 | Cite as

A survey of hybrid optical data center network architectures

  • Ganesh C. Sankaran
  • Krishna M. Sivalingam
Original Paper


This paper presents a survey of data center network architectures that use both optical and packet switching components. Various proposed architectures and their corresponding network operation details are discussed. Electronic processing-based packet switch architectures and hybrid optical–electronic-based switch architectures are presented. These hybrid optical switch architectures use optical switching elements in addition to traditional electronic processing entities. The choice of components used for realizing functionality including the network interfaces, buffers, lookup elements and the switching fabrics have been analyzed. These component choices are summarized for different architectures. A qualitative comparison of the various architectures is also presented.


Data center networks Network architecture Optical networks Opto-electronic networks Packet switching Optical switching 



Part of this work was supported by the DST-EPSRC funded India-UK Advanced Technology Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, Systems and Services (IU-ATC), IIT Madras, Chennai.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ganesh C. Sankaran
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Krishna M. Sivalingam
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia
  2. 2.HCL Technologies LtdChennaiIndia
  3. 3.India-UK Advanced Technology Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, Systems and Services (IU-ATC)ChennaiIndia

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