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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; Introduction; Transforming the Data Center Network; Transceivers, Packaging, and Photonic Integration;
    Plastic Optical Fiber; Optical Link Budgets and Design Rules; Mainframe Networks as TCP/IP Servers; Wavelength Multiplexing; A More Reliable Grid Network; Passive optical networks and FTTX; Passive Optical Networks; Energy & Manufacturing Standards; Energy Efficient Networking; Fibre Channel Standard; Lossless / Converged Enhanced Ethernet and FCoE; FCoE Convergence at the edge vs core; Metro and Carrier Class Networks; InfiniBand, iWarp and RoCE; Disaster Recovery and business continuity solutions; Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity; Overlay Networks; Integrated Networking; The Network that Won Jeopardy: Watson Supercomputing; Cloud computing networks; Open Standards for Cloud Networking; Software Defined Networking and OpenFlow; 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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