All-optical hash code generation and verification for low latency communications

Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.49). 10/2013; 21(20):23873-23884. DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.023873
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We introduce an all-optical, format transparent hash code generator and a hash comparator for data packets verification with low latency at high baudrate. The device is reconfigurable and able to generate hash codes based on arbitrary functions and perform the comparison directly in the optical domain. Hash codes are calculated with custom interferometric circuits implemented with a Fourier domain optical processor. A novel nonlinear scheme featuring multiple four-wave mixing processes in a single waveguide is implemented for simultaneous phase and amplitude comparison of the hash codes before and after transmission. We demonstrate the technique with single polarisation BPSK and QPSK signals up to a data rate of 80 Gb/s.

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    ABSTRACT: We introduce an all-optical arithmetic unit operating a weighted addition and subtraction between multiple phase-and-amplitude coded signals. The scheme corresponds to calculating the field dot-product of frequency channels with a static vector of coefficients. The system is reconfigurable and format transparent. It is based on Fourier-domain processing and multiple simultaneous four-wave mixing processes inside a single nonlinear element. We demonstrate the device with up to three channels at 40 Gb/s and evaluate its efficiency by measuring the bit-error-rate of a distortion compensation operation between two signals.
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