Lecture: 3 hours
Independent Study: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Course ECS 252
Grading: Letter; one exam (40%), homework (30%), project (30%)
Optical networks. Enabling technologies. Multiplexing techniques. WDM. Broadcast networks. Wavelength-routed networks. Network architectures. Protocols. Network algorithms. Device-network interface. Optimization problems.
Research and development on optical communication networks have matured significantly to the extent that some of these principles are being moved from the research laboratories to the formal (graduate) classroom setting. However, our curriculum has no course to fill this emerging void. A number of institutions have started offering such a course. Additionally, tremendous growth of interest on this topic has been noticed at recent conferences, in recent journal publications, and in industry activity. These observations have led me to the decision to design and offer this course. The most unique feature of this course will be its timeliness to fill a void in an important and emerging networking topic. This course will better prepare our graduate students not only to undertake research in this area but also to handle industry jobs on this topic.
Expanded Course Description:
Students design a new network architecture, protocol or algorithm. Alternately, they design a simulation platform to analyze an existing network architecture, protocol or algorithm to demonstrate creativity while furthering the knowledge in the field.
B. Mukherjee, Optical Communication Networks, McGraw-Hill, 1997
Selected papers from the recent literature
Instructor: B. Mukherjee, D. Ghosal
Prepared by: D. Ghosal (October 2002)
ECS 259 is an advanced graduate course in optical networking. Hence, it does not overlap with any course per se.