A pair of articles about optical networks, from Scientific American's January 2001 issue. Gary Stix reports in the article "The Triumph of Light" about these future networks and how they will work. And how will data sent through optical networks arrive at the proper destinations? Optical switchers, of course...Daniel Blumenthal explains how they would work in "Routing Packets with Light."
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