In this thesis, we compared the delay of a single wavelength local area optical network and a multiple wavelength local area optical network. We used an optical folded bus as the architecture for the LAN and analyzed the system's delay for both time division multiplexing and a reservations. The multiple wavelength system is assumed to have a very limited number of wavelengths and therefore does not apply a typical wavelength division multiplexing. The analysis of the delay involves mostly queueing analysis, with extensive use of Laplace transforms and Z-transforms. The purpose of this comparison is to decide whether the improvements in delay are worth the extra costs of increasing the number of wavelengths in optical LANs.by Cécile Le Cocq.Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 67-69)
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