Design of Optical WDM Networks

LAN, MAN and WAN Architectures

  • Byrav Ramamurthy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Byrav Ramamurthy
      Pages 1-8
  3. Optical Network Devices

    1. Byrav Ramamurthy
      Pages 9-31
  4. LAN/MAN Architectures

  5. WAN Architectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Byrav Ramamurthy
      Pages 85-112
    3. Byrav Ramamurthy
      Pages 131-133
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 135-166

About this book


Lo, soul! seest thou not God's purpose from the first? The earth to be spann'd, connected by net-work From Passage to India! Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass", 1900. The Internet is growing at a tremendous rate today. New services, such as telephony and multimedia, are being added to the pure data-delivery framework of yesterday. Such high demands on capacity could lead to a "bandwidth-crunch" at the core wide-area network resulting in degra­ dation of service quality. Fortunately, technological innovations have emerged which can provide relief to the end-user to overcome the In­ ternet's well-known delay and bandwidth limitations. At the physical layer, a major overhaul of existing networks has been envisaged from electronic media (such as twisted-pair and cable) to optical fibers - in the wide area, in the metropolitan area, and even in the local area set­ tings. In order to exploit the immense bandwidth potential of the optical fiber, interesting multiplexing techniques have been developed over the years. Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) is such a promising tech­ nique in which multiple channels are operated along a single fiber si­ multaneously, each on a different wavelength. These channels can be independently modulated to accommodate dissimilar bit rates and data formats, if so desired. Thus, WDM carves up the huge bandwidth of an optical fiber into channels whose bandwidths (1-10 Gbps) are compati­ ble with peak electronic processing speed.


ATM Asynchronous Transfer Mode Broadcast Internet LAN MAN Potential WAN architecture communication design model network switch transmission

Authors and affiliations

  • Byrav Ramamurthy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5672-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1675-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
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