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EEC239B – Optical Fiber Communications Systems And Networking

4 units – II; alternate years

Lecture: 4 hours

Prerequisite: EEC 239A

Grading: Letter; midterm exam (15%), homework (25%), in-class presentation (25%), final exam (35%).

Catalog Description:

Physical layer optical communications systems in network architectures and protocols. Optical systems design and integration using optical component technologies. Comparison of wavelength routed WDM, TDM, and NGI systems and networks. Case studies of next generation technologies. Note: Students previously enrolled in course EEC239 may not receive credit for this course.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Motivation
    1. First Generation, Second Generation and Third Generation Optical Networks
    2. Optical Packet Switching and Next Generation Optical Internet
    3. Integration of Optical and Data Networking
    4. The Role of Networking Elements
  2. Wavelength Routed Networks
    1. Relation between User and Network Bandwidth
    2. WDM Node Design
    3. Number of Wavelengths Needed to Support, Wavelength Conversion
    4. Wavelength Registration and Other Requirements for Wavelength Routed Networks
  3. Time Division Multiplexed Networks
    1. Relation Between User and Network Bandwidth
    2. TDM Mode Design
    3. Synchronization and Other Requirements for TDM
  4. Next Generation Optical Internet
    1. Connection-oriented vs. Connectionless Optical Networks
    2. NGI Node Design
    3. Requirements for NGI Nodes
  5. Advanced Enabling Technologies for Next Generation Networks
    1. Rapidly Tunable Wavelength Converters
    2. Subcarrier Transmitters and Receivers
    3. Optical-Label Swapping
    4. Raman Amplifiers
  6. Case Studies
    1. Optical-Networking Testbeds
    2. Future Optical Networks and the Next Generation Internet
    3. Multiprotocol Label Switching and Optical-Label Switching


  1. Primary Text: Optical Networks by R. Ramaswami and K.N. Sivarajan
  2. Optional Secondary Text: Multiwavelength Optical Networks by T.E. Stern and K. Bala
  3. References: Optical Communication Networks by Biswanath Mukherjee, Optical Communications by Gerd Keiser

Instructor: Yoo

Course Overlap:
This course sequence (EEC239 A,B) covers physical layer and interfaces with architecture and protocol discussed in ECS 259 (Optical Networks) in the Computer Science Department. More rigorous and detailed analysis of optical components are being offered through EEC 235 (Photonics) and EEC 238 (Semiconductor Diode Lasers).

Last revised: September 2002