Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication

A Practical Guide to Optical Networking

Edited by

  • Casimer DeCusatis, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation

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.

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


Book information

  • Published: August 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-401673-6

Table of Contents

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