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Optical Switching Networks


  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521868006

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  • Optical Switching Networks describes all the major switching paradigms developed for modern optical networks, discussing their operation, advantages, disadvantages and implementation. Following a review of the evolution of optical WDM networks, an overview of the future trends out. The latest developments in optical access, local, metropolitan, and wide area networks are covered, including detailed technical descriptions of generalized multiprotocol label switching, waveband switching, photonic slot routing, optical flow, burst and packet switching. The convergence of optical and wireless access networks is also discussed, as are the IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring and IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet passive optical network standards and their WDM upgraded derivatives. The feasibility, challenges and potential of next-generation optical networks are described in a survey of state-of-the-art optical networking testbeds. Animations showing how the key optical switching techniques work are available via the web, as are lecture slides (

    • Covers all hierarchy levels including wide, metropolitan, access, and local area networks
    • Includes a survey of the state-of-the-art optical networking testbeds that indicates the current state of deployment of new optical switching techniques
    • Covers the IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring and IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet passive optical network standards and their WDM upgraded derivatives
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521868006
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 182 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 86 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Historical overview of optical networks
    2. Optical switching networks
    3. Building blocks
    4. Summary
    Part II. Optical Wide Area Networks: Overview
    5. Generalized multiprotocol label switching
    6. Waveband switching
    7. Photonic slot routing
    8. Optical flow switching
    9. Optical burst switching
    10. Optical packet switching
    Part III. Optical Metropolitan Area Networks: Overview
    11. Resilient packet ring
    12. WDM ring networks
    Part IV. Optical Access and Local Area Networks: Overview
    14. EPON
    15. WDM EPON
    16. STARGATE
    17. Gigabit ethernet
    18. Radio-over-fiber networks
    Part V. Testbeds:
    19. What worked and what didn't
    20. Testbed activities
    21. Summary

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    Martin Maier, Université du Québec, Montréal
    Martin Maier is an Associate Professor with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), at the University of Quebec, Canada. He received his MSc and PhD degrees both with distinctions (summa cum laude) from Technical University Berlin, Germany. He was a Postdoc Fellow at MIT and a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University. His research interests include the design, control, and performance evaluation of next-generation optical networks and their evolutionary WDM upgrade strategies. Dr Maier is also the author of the book Metropolitan Area WDM Networks - An AWG Based Approach.

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