Channel transmission error arguments show how the size of an all-optical multihop network employing deflection routing is limited for a given optical bit rate. These limits are quantified for nonregenerative all-optical mesh networks such as Manhattan Street network and ShumeNet employing solitons. It is found that the node-to-node fibre span cannot exceed a few kilometres for network sizes up to 400 nodes when the optical bit rate is as high as 100 Gbit/s if the packet error rate is to be bounded below 10^-6
Soliton ultra-fast all-optical mesh networks / BONONI A.; F. FORGHIERI; P. R. PRUCNAL. - In: IEE PROCEEDINGS. PART J, OPTOELECTRONICS. - ISSN 0267-3932. - 140(1993), pp. 285-290.