Chapter 11. Optical Networking

The recent inventions and developments in optical networking will no doubt yield a new, radical perspective on communications. We are beginning to see some exciting applications being developed as a result of the bandwidth that we are unleashing. This chapter discusses end-to-end optical networking, the optical edge, the optical core (and the overlay and peer-to-peer networking models), the IP+optical control plane, and the migration to optical networking.

Optical Networking Today and Tomorrow

The performance improvements—in speed, cost, and capacity—of fiber have been fast and furious. The number of bits per second that fiber can carry doubles every 9 months for every dollar spent on the technology. The number ...

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