The science of optical networks

Optical switches sound very Sci-Fi, but are actually within our grasp, as Richard Chirgwin explains in this week's networking podcast

You or I won’t need an all-optical switch at the homestead any time soon, unless you’re hiding a terabit-per-second Internet connection under the sink. Still, it’s an interesting concept: fire a photon at a cloud of electrons, and get a really fast optical switch for backbone networks. Richard Chirgwin talks to Dr Ben Eggleston of CUDOS to find out why it’s not just sci-fi.

And in this week’s sponsor interview, we hear from Fotios Kotsiopolous from Procurve about the integration of Procurve network security technology with Windows Vista’s NAP policy manager.

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