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Avanex Joins Consortium to Develop a Photonic Firewall

Photonics.com
Nov 2006
Avanex Corp. a Fremont, Calif.-based maker of fiber optic-based products, announced today it has joined a consortium that has received EU funding of €2 million for a three-year project to develop a reconfigurable photonic firewall subsystem-on-a-chip (SOAC). The project -- WISDOM, for Wirespeed Security Domains Using Optical Monitoring -- includes optical network-related organizations involved in research (Tyndall National Institute and The Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas, of Crete, Greece), component and subsystem fabrication (Center for Integrated Photonics, of Suffolk England, project coordinator), OEM system design and manufacturing (Avanex) and telecommunications network operation (BT). WISDOM is developing a proof-of-concept demonstration for a reconfigurable photonic firewall SOAC to allow optical data inspection using security algorithms optimized for very high-speed operation in the optical domain.  The optical processing submodules will perform bit pattern recognition as input to a range of security algorithms, based on existing research in network intrusion detection systems. The optical processing will be based on all-optical logic gates using semiconductor optical amplifiers as nonlinear elements. The necessary firmware and protocols to operate the network devices will also be developed as part of the project, and the network devices will be evaluated on network operator testbeds.


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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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