The last two years have seen significant developments in the standardization of GMPLS and its implementation in optical and other networks. GMPLS: Architecture and Applications brings you completely up to date, providing the practical information you need to put the growing set of GMPLS-supported services to work and manage them effectively. This book begins by defining GMPLS’s place in a transport network, leveraging your knowledge of MPLS to give you an understanding of this radically new control plane technology. An overview of GMPLS protocols follows, but the real focus is on what comes afterwards: in-depth examinations of the architectures underpinning GMPLS in real-world network environments and current and emerging GMPLS applications. This one-of-a-kind resource delivers immensely useful information for software architects, designers and programmers, hardware developers, system testers, and network operators--and also for managers and other decision-makers.

Key Features

+ Written by two industry researchers at the forefront of the development of GMPLS. + Provides a practical look at GMPLS protocols for signaling, routing, link and resource management, and traffic engineering. + Delves deep into the world of GMPLS applications, including traffic engineering, path computation, layer one VPNs, point-to-multipoint connectivity, service management, and resource protection. + Explores three distinct GMPLS control plane architectures: peer, overlay, and hybrid, and explains the GMPLS UNI and NNIs. + Explains how provisioning challenges can be met in multi-region networks and details the provisioning systems and tools relied on by the GMPLS control plane, along with the standard MIB modules used to manage a GMPLS system.


Software architects, designers and programmers, hardware developers, system testers and network operators looking for a broad description of the purpose and details of GMPLS. Decision-makers and managers tasked with making strategic decisions about the development and deployment of transport networks. Additional market includes special topics courses-- GMPLS is highlighted in many Computer Science syllabuses and there is currently no suitable text for these courses.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Chapter 1: Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching Chapter 2: Transport Networks Chapter 3: From MPLS To GMPLS Chapter 4: GMPLS Signaling Chapter 5: GMPLS Routing Chapter 6: Link Management Chapter 7: Resource Management Chapter 8: GMPLS and Service Recovery Chapter 9: GMPLS and Traffic Engineering Chapter 10: GMPLS and Path Computation Chapter 11: Constraint Based Path Computation Chapter 12: Emerging Applications Chapter 13: Architectural Models Chapter 14: Provisioning Systems Chapter 15: GMPLS MIB Modules Glossary Index


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Morgan Kaufmann
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"This is a strong author team and they have produced a much-needed and timely book" --Bruce Davie, Cisco Fellow "GMPLS technology provides a keystone for next generation integrated optical networks, and this book is the one-stop reference on the subject." --Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks and CCAMP working group co-chair