Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication

4th Edition

A Practical Guide to Optical Networking

Editors: Casimer DeCusatis
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124016736
eBook ISBN: 9780124016958
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th August 2013
Page Count: 468
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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.

Key Features

  • Written by experts from IBM, HP, Dell, Cisco, Ciena, and Sun/ Oracle
  • Case studies and ‘How to...’ demonstrations on a wide range of topics, including Optical Ethernet, next generation Internet, RDMA and Fiber Channel over Ethernet
  • Quick reference tables of all the key optical network parameters for protocols like ESCON, FICON, and SONET/ATM and a glossary of technical terms and acronyms


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

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition

A Historical View of Fiber Data Communications

Part I: Technology Building Blocks

Chapter 1. Transforming the Data Center Network

1.1 Properties of a network reference architecture

1.2 Next-generation data center networks


Chapter 2. Transceivers, Packaging, and Photonic Integration

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Transceivers

2.3 System-level integration

2.4 Future trends in electro-optical packaging


Chapter 3. Plastic Optical Fibers for Data Communications

3.1 Introduction

3.2 A POF taxonomy




Chapter 4. Optical Link Budgets

4.1 Fundamentals of fiber optic communication links

4.2 Basic link budget analysis for network designers

4.3 Figures of merit

4.4 Advanced link budget analysis: Optical power penalties

4.5 Link budgets with optical amplification


Additional references

Optical link budget models and specifications available online

References on Reflection Noise

Case Study. Deploying Systems Network Architecture (SNA) in IP-Based Environments: The Mainframe Network as a TCP/IP Server



Factors contributing to the continued use of SNA

How do we modernize SNA to SNA over IP?

SNA over IP networks



Chapter 5. Optical Wavelength-Division Multiplexing for Data Communication Networks

5.1 Basics of wavelength-division multiplexing

5.2 WDM systems and networks

5.3 Optical transport network


Case Study. A More Reliable, Easier to Manage TS7700 Grid Network


TS7700 grid network

High availability

The XYZ Company’s TS7700 integrated grid



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About the Editor

Casimer DeCusatis

Dr. Casimer DeCusatis is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and technical executive based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for IBM Systems Networking Strategic Alliances, and has played a leading role in developing data center network and I/O solutions, including extended distance connectivity. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 100 patents, and recipient of several industry awards, including the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the Sigma Xi Walston Chubb Award for Innovation, the EDN Innovator of the Year Award, the Mensa Research Foundation Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement, the Penn State Outstanding Scholar Alumnus Award, and the IEEE/HKN Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer award (including a citation from the President of the United States and an American flag flown in his honor over the U.S. Capitol). He is co-author of more than 120 technical papers, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles, and editor of the Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication (now in its 4rd edition). He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and co-leader of the Academy study “Innovation Ecosystems”. Dr. DeCusatis received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) in 1988 and 1990, respectively, and the B.S. degree magna cum laude in the Engineering Science Honors Program from the Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) in 1986. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Optical Society of America, and SPIE (the international optical engineering society), a member of the Order of the Engineer, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Mensa, and various other professional organizations and honor societies (http://www.decusatis.net/casimer/ ); he was recognized as one of Sigma Xi’s Distinguished Members during their 125th anniversary celebration. He is also Founder and Director of Hudson Valley FIRST Lego League (http://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyFLL) which offers over 1,000 students each year the opportunit

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation