Understanding Optical Communication (Itso Networking Series)

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If you need to understand the state-of-the-art in optical communications, this is the most complete, up-to-date technical overview available. Over the past 15 years, optical fiber has revolutionized wide area communications -- making possible the Internet as we know it. Now a second fiber revolution is underway. Advanced technologies such as Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM) are adding even more capacity, and fiber is increasingly the media of choice in MANs, campuses, buildings, LANs -- soon, even homes. Now, discover the fundamental principles and components of optical communications, as well as the key interfaces and engineering challenges. Understand the roles of FDDI, Ethernet on Fiber, ESCON, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH and ATM. Review key technical issues facing engineers as they extend fiber into new applications and markets -- and get an up-to-the-minute status report on WDM for LANs and MANs. Finally, preview the advanced R&D most likely to bear fruit: dark and spatial solitons, advanced fibers, plastic technologies, optical CDMA, TDM and packet networks, and more. Whether you're building optical systems or planning for them, this is the briefing you've been looking for.

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2014A-8

The complete, up-to-date technical overview of optical communications.

Fibre in the WAN, MAN, local loop, campus and LAN.

Up-to-the-minute coverage of Wavelength Division Multiplexing.

Previews today's advanced research--tomorrow's practical applications.

Over the past 15 years, optical fibre's low cost, accuracy and enormous capacity has revolutionized wide area communications--making possible the Internet as we know it. Now a second fibre revolution is underway. Advanced technologies such as Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) are adding even more capacity, and fibre is increasingly the media of choice in MANs, campuses, buildings, LANs--soon, even homes. If you need to understand the state-of-the-art in optical communications, Understanding Optical Communications is the most complete, up-to-date technical overview available.

  • Fundamental principles and components of optical communications.
  • Optical communications systems, interfaces and engineering challenges.
  • FDDI, Ethernet on Fibre, ESCON, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH and ATM.
  • WDM: sparse and dense approaches, photonic networking, WDM for LANs and WDM standards.
  • Fibre in the local loop, integration with HFC networks and passive optical networks.

Understanding Optical Communications reviews key technical issues facing engineers as they extend fibre into new applications and markets. It presents an up-to-the-minute status report on WDM for LANs and MANs, including a rare glimpse at IBM's latest experimental systems. It points to the advanced research most likely to bear fruit: dark and spatial solitons, advanced fibres, plastic technologies, optical CDMA, TDM and packet-networks and more. Whether you're building optical systems or planning for them, this is the briefing you've been looking for.

About the Author:

Harry J. R. Dutton is a Principal Engineer with the IBM International Technical Support Center, Raleigh, NC, responsible for worldwide technical support of optical communications architectures and standards. A frequent speaker at international conferences, he has authored eighteen publications in many areas of information technology, including high speed communications and ATM.

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