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Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication

A Practical Guide to Optical Networking

The 4th edition of this popular Handbook continues to provide an easy-to-use guide to the many exciting new developments in the field of optical fiber data communications. With 90% new content, this edition contains all new material describing the transformation of the modern data communications network, both within the data center and over extended distances between data centers, along with best practices for the design of highly virtualized, converged, energy efficient, secure, and flattened network infrastructures.

Key topics include networks for cloud computing, software defined networking, integrated and embedded networking appliances, and low latency networks for financial trading or other time-sensitive applications. Network architectures from the leading vendors are outlined (including Smart Analytic Solutions, Qfabric, FabricPath, and Exadata) as well as the latest revisions to industry standards for interoperable networks, including lossless Ethernet, 16G Fiber Channel, RoCE, FCoE, TRILL, IEEE 802.1Qbg, and more.


Optical fiber communication network engineers and designers; R&D engineers; optical equipment developers

Hardbound, 468 Pages

Published: August 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-401673-6


  • Preface
    Chapter 1 - Transforming the Data Center Network
    Chapter 2 - Transceivers, Packaging, and Photonic Integration
    Chapter 3 - Plastic Optical Fiber
    Chapter 4 - Optical Link Budgets and Design Rules
    Case Study - Mainframe Networks as TCP/IP Servers
    Chapter 5 - Wavelength Multiplexing
    Case Study - A More Reliable Grid Network
    Chapter 6 - Passive optical networks and FTTX
    Case Study - Passive Optical Networks
    Chapter 7 - Energy & Manufacturing Standards
    Case Study - Energy Efficient Networking
    Chapter 8 - Fibre Channel Standard
    Chapter 9 - Lossless / Converged Enhanced Ethernet and FCoE
    Case Study - FCoE Convergence at the edge vs core
    Chapter 10 - Metro and Carrier Class Networks
    Chapter 11 - InfiniBand, iWarp and RoCE
    Chapter 12 - Disaster Recovery and business continuity solutions
    Case Study - Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
    Chapter 13 - Overlay Networks
    Chapter 14 - Integrated Networking
    Case Study - The Network that Won Jeopardy: Watson Supercomputing
    Chapter 15 - Cloud computing networks
    Case Study - Open Standards for Cloud Networking
    Chapter 16 - Software Defined Networking and OpenFlow
    Chapter 17 - Emerging technologies & Industry Directions
    Appendix A - Measurement Conversion Tables
    Appendix B - Physical Constraints
    Appendix C - OSI Model
    Appendix D - Network Standards
    Appendix E - Fiber Optic Fundamentals & Laser Safety


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