Optical wireless communication in data centers

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In the last decade data centers have become a crucial element in modern human society. However, to keep pace with internet data rate growth, new technologies supporting data center should develop. Integration of optical wireless communication (OWC) in data centers is one of the proposed technologies as augmented technology to the fiber network. One implementation of the OWC technology is deployment of optical wireless transceiver on top of the existing cable/fiber network as extension to the top of rack (TOR) switch; in this way, a dynamic and flexible network is created. Optical wireless communication could reduce energy consumption, increase the data rate, reduce the communication latency, increase flexibility and scalability, and reduce maintenance time and cost, in comparison to extra fiber network deployment. In this paper we review up to date literature in the field, propose an implementation scheme of OWC network, discuss ways to reduce energy consumption by parallel link communication and report preliminary measurement result of university data center environment.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationBroadband Access Communication Technologies XII
EditorsKatsutoshi Tsukamoto, Benjamin B. Dingel, Spiros Mikroulis
ISBN (Electronic)9781510616035
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventBroadband Access Communication Technologies XII 2018 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 29 Jan 201831 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


ConferenceBroadband Access Communication Technologies XII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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