Optical Networking Best Practices Handbook / Edition 1

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Optical Networking Best Practices Handbook presents optical networking in a very comprehensive way for nonengineers needing to understand the fundamentals of fiber, high-capacity, high-speed equipment and networks, and upcoming carrier services. The book provides a practical understanding of fiber optics as a physical medium, sorting out single-mode versus multi-mode and the crucial concept of Dense Wave-Division Multiplexing.

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"…a useful supplement to an advanced undergraduate or graduate curriculum…a helpful reference work for networking engineering professionals." (Computing Reviews.com, February 16, 2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471460527
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN R. VACCA, MS, MBA, is an information technology consultant and internationally known author. He has authored more than forty books and hundreds of articles in a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, software, intelligence systems, and networks. His book The World's 20 Greatest Unsolved Problems was named one of Amazon.com's Best Books of 2004. Mr. Vacca was also a configuration management specialist, computer specialist, and the computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom) and the International Space Station Program, from 1988 until his early retirement from NASA in 1995. Additionally, he is also an Independent online book reviewer and was one of the security consultants for the MGM movie Antitrust.

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Table of Contents




1: Optical Networking Fundamentals.

1.1 Fiber Optics: A Brief History in Time.

1.2 Distributed IP Routing.

1.3 Scalable Communications: Integrated Optical Networks.

1.4 Lightpath Establishment and Protection in Optical Networks.

1.5 Optical Network Design Using Computational Intelligence Techniques.

1.6 Distributed Optical Frame Synchronized Ring (doFSR).

1.7 Summary and Conclusions.

2: Types of Optical Networking Technology.

2.1 Use of Digital Signal Processing.

2.2 Optical Signal Processing for Optical Packet Switching Networks.

2.3 Next-Generation Optical Networks as a Value Creation Platform.

2.4 Optical Network Research in the IST Program.

2.5 Optical Networking in Optical Computing.

2.6 Summary and Conclusions.

3: Optical Transmitters.

3.1 Long-Wavelength VCSELs.

3.2 Multiwavelength Lasers.

3.3 Summary and Conclusions.

4: Types of Optical Fiber.

4.1 Strands and Processes of Fiber Optics.

4.2 The Fiber-Optic Cable Modes.

4.3 Optical Fiber Types.

4.4 Types of Cable Families.

4.5 Extending Performance.

4.6 Care, Productivity, and Choices.

4.7 Understanding Types of Optical Fiber.

4.8 Summary and Conclusions.

5: Carriers’ Networks.

5.1 The Carriers’ Photonic Future.

5.2 Carriers’ Optical Networking Revolution.

5.3 Flexible Metro Optical Networks.

5.4 Summary and Conclusions.

6: Passive Optical Components.

6.1 Optical Material Systems.

6.2 Summary and Conclusions.

7: Free-Space Optics.

7.1 Free-Space Optical Communication.

7.2 Corner-Cube Retroreflectors.

7.3 Free-Space Heterochronous Imaging Reception.

7.4 Secure Free-Space Optical Communication.

7.5 The Minimization of Acquisition Time.

7.6 Summary and Conclusions.

8: Optical Formats: Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)/ Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH), and Gigabit Ethernet.

8.1 Synchronous Optical Network.

8.2 Synchronous Digital Hierarchy.

8.3 Gigabit Ethernet.

8.4 Summary and Conclusions.

9: Wave Division Multiplexing.

9.1 Who Uses WDM?

9.2 Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexed Backbone Deployment.

9.3 IP-Optical Integration.

9.4 QoS Mechanisms.

9.5 Optical Access Network.

9.6 Multiple-Wavelength Sources.

9.7 Summary and Conclusions.

10: Basics of Optical Switching.

10.1 Optical Switches.

10.2 Motivation and Network Architectures.

10.3 Rapid Advances in Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing Technology.

10.4 Switched Optical Backbone.

10.5 Optical MEMS.

10.6 Multistage Switching System.

10.7 Dynamic Multilayer Routing Schemes.

10.8 Summary and Conclusions.

11: Optical Packet Switching.

11.1 Design for Optical Networks.

11.2 Multistage Approaches to OPS: Node Architectures for OPS.

11.3 Summary and Conclusions.

12: Optical Network Configurations.

12.1 Optical Networking Configuration Flow-Through Provisioning.

12.2 Flow-Through Provisioning at Element Management Layer.

12.3 Flow-Through Circuit Provisioning in the Same Optical Network Domain.

12.4 Flow-Through Circuit Provisioning in Multiple Optical Network Domain.

12.5 Benefits of Flow-Through Provisioning.

12.6 Testing and Measuring Optical Networks.

12.7 Summary and Conclusions.

13: Developing Areas in Optical Networking.

13.1 Optical Wireless Networking High-Speed Integrated Transceivers.

13.2 Wavelength-Switching Subsystems.

13.3 Optical Storage Area Networks.

13.4 Optical Contacting.

13.5 Optical Automotive Systems.

13.6 Optical Computing.

13.7 Summary and Conclusions.

14: Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations.

14.1 Summary.

14.2 Conclusion.

14.3 Recommendations.

Appendix: Optical Ethernet Enterprise Case Study.

A.1 Customer Profile.

A.2 Present Mode of Operation.

A.3 Future Mode of Operation.

A.4 Comparing the Alternatives.

A.5 Summary and Conclusions.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    Very Detailed Account of Optical Networking

    Optical Network is probably the most important topic when it comes to internet and entertainment through computers. Bandwidth requirements contiue to increase and optical fibers are really the only good vehicle to deliver the required quality at a good speed. John's account of this topic is extremely thorough and serves as a very good handbook for people to understand how voice/data comes to their PC's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    Optical Networks, from past to present times.

    The author provides both the technical and practical insight on Optical Networking. The author gives a logcial approach to optical networks design from its early days to the present times. The textbook is full of technical details, suitable for both the network engineer working in the field of optical networks, as well as for the academia suitable for a graduate level course in network design. I was very impressed with the author's relevant insight into physics of fiber optics media and transmission. The author concludes the text with insight into the future applications of optical networks for data storage, LAN, and computing. Congratulations for well conceived and written text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    Learn Optical networking concepts

    Optical networking is advancing at a rapid pace and John Vacca¿s book covers the concepts of optical communication, the evolution and emergence of Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) as the basis for networking. After reading chapter 8 you will understand the detailed workings of Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) and why they are the dominant systems in networking today. It is a well organized fourteen chapter book which provides you the knowledge to come up to speed and stay abreast of optical networking advances. John book also provides you an extensive glossary of optical network terms for your complete understanding of the latest acronyms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    General Review

    John Vacca has done a great job beginning with a history of optical networking and continuing with its place in the future as a valuable tool in a variety of areas such as the Internet. He explains that Optical Networking is a valuable solution for situations where demand for data bandwidth is on the increase. This book is a must-read for those in the IT field and especially those who are providing new and advanced services via the Internet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    Comprehensive Text on Optical Networking

    This text explains how optical networking works with hands-on examples that provide the reader with practical experience in installing, configuring and troubleshooting an optical networking system.

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