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Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780124016736, 9780124016958

Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication

4th Edition

A Practical Guide to Optical Networking

Editor: Casimer DeCusatis
eBook ISBN: 9780124016958
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124016736
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th 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


Chapter 6. Passive Optical Networks (PONs)

6.1 Passive optical networks

6.2 Relevant PON variants and standards

6.3 PON deployment references


Part II: Protocols and Industry Standards

Chapter 7. Manufacturing Environmental Laws, Directives, and Challenges

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Worldwide environmental directives, laws, and regulations

7.3 Restriction of hazardous substances


Case Study. Energy Efficient Networking for Data Centers

Chapter 8. Fibre Channel Standard

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Fibre Channel overview and basic structure

8.3 Storage area networks

8.4 How Fibre Channel leverages optical data communications

8.5 Summary

Web resources and references

Chapter 9. Lossless Ethernet for the Data Center

9.1 Introduction to classic Ethernet

9.2 Ethernet physical layer

9.3 Gigabit Ethernet

9.4 Lossless Ethernet


Case Study. FCoE Delivers a Single Network for Simplicity and Convergence

Chapter 10. Metro and Carrier Class Networks: Carrier Ethernet and OTN

10.1 Evolution: The roots of modern networks

10.2 Ethernet virtual LANs

10.3 Network evolution using carrier class Ethernet and OTN

10.4 Carrier Ethernet: Standardized services, scalable, reliable, quality of service, and service management

10.5 Optical transport networking: A transparent optical protocol

10.6 The packet-optical network


Chapter 11. InfiniBand, iWARP, and RoCE

11.1 Introduction

11.2 InfiniBand architecture

11.3 IB network

11.4 Communication mechanisms

11.5 Layered architecture

11.6 RDMA over converged Ethernet (RoCE)

11.7 8 iWARP


Part III: Network Architectures and Applications

Chapter 12. Disaster Recovery and Data Networking

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Data consistency: The BASE-ACID model

12.3 Examples of BASE-ACID methodology

12.4 IBM Parallel Sysplex and GDPS

12.5 Time synchronization in disaster recovery solutions

12.6 Cloud backup and recovery

12.7 Container data centers


Case Study. Using Business Process Modeling Notation and Agile Test-Driven Design Methodology for Business Continuity Planning

Chapter 13. Network Architectures and Overlay Networks

13.1 STP and MC-LAG

13.2 Layer 3 versus Layer 2 designs for cloud computing

13.3 The Open Data Center Interoperable Network

13.4 Cisco FabricPath

13.5 Juniper Qfabric

13.6 Virtual network overlays



Chapter 14. Networking for Integrated Systems

14.1 IBM PureSystems

14.2 Cisco Virtual Computing Environment and Unified Computing System Solutions

14.3 Sun/Oracle Exalogic

14.4 Hewlett-Packard Matrix

14.5 Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform

14.6 Huawei FusionCube


Case Study. The Network That Won Jeopardy!—Watson Supercomputing

Case Study. NYSE Euronext Data Center Consolidation Project


Design considerations



Chapter 15. Cloud Computing Data Center Networking

15.1 Introduction

15.2 Cloud characteristics

15.3 Cloud facilities

15.4 Cloud architecture

15.5 Cloud computing data center network trends

15.6 Conclusion



Chapter 16. Hypervisors, Virtualization, and Networking

16.1 Virtualization

16.2 PowerVM

16.3 VMware

16.4 Xen

16.5 Kernel-based virtual machine

16.6 z/VM

16.7 Virtual switches


Case Study. Open Standards for Cloud Networking

Chapter 17. Software-Defined Networking and OpenFlow

17.1 Introduction

17.2 SDN architecture I: Overview

17.3 SDN architecture II: Data plane

17.4 SDN architecture III: Control plane

17.5 Example application: WAN TE

17.6 SDN in optical networks

17.7 Conclusion


Chapter 18. Emerging Technology for Fiber Optic Data Communication

18.1 Introduction

18.2 Architecture of all-optical networks

18.3 Tunable transmitter

18.4 Tunable receiver

18.5 Optical amplifier

18.6 Wavelength multiplexer/demultiplexer

18.7 Wavelength router

18.8 Wavelength converter

18.9 Summary


Appendix A. Measurement Conversion Tables

Appendix B. Physical Constants

Appendix C. The 7-Layer OSI Model

Appendix D. Network Standards and Data Rates

Organization of major industry standards



10G Ethernet WAN PHY

Ethernet First Mile standards

Appendix E. Fiber Optic Fundamentals and Laser Safety




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About the Editor

Casimer DeCusatis

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 ( ); 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 ( which offers over 1,000 students each year the opportunity to pursue their interest in science and technology. His discussions on data networking are available on Twitter (@Dr_Casimer) or his data networking blog ( ).

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation

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