Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication

Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication, 4th Edition

A Practical Guide to Optical Networking

Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication, 4th Edition,Casimer DeCusatis,ISBN9780124016736

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Learn how to design optical networks and implement key technologies - an indispensible reference on data communication networking architectures, protocols, and applications.

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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


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.


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

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 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 (https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blogs/DCN/ ).

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation

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Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication, 4th Edition

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

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