Computer Science

ECS 259 Optical Networks


Lecture: 3 hours

Independent Study: 1 hour

Prerequisite: Course ECS 252

Grading: Letter; one exam (40%), homework (30%), project (30%)

Catalog Description:
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:

  1. Introduction
    1. Optical Communication Networks: Principles and Challenges
    2. Enabling Technologies
  2. Broadcast (Local) Networks
    1. Single-Hop Networks
    2. Single-Hop Case-Study: IBM RAINBOW Protocol
    3. Multihop Networks
    4. Multihop Case Study: GEMNET
    5. Channel-Sharing and Multicasting
  3. Switched (Wavelength-Routed) Networks
    1. Elements of Virtual Topology Design
    2. Virtual Topology: LP, Cost, Reconfiguration
    3. Routing and Wavelength Assignment (RWA)
    4. Wavelength Conversion
    5. Wavelength-Routed Networks: Case Studies and Prototypes
  4. Potpourri
    1. Multi-Wavelength Ring Networks
    2. All-Optical Cycle Elimination
    3. Optimizing Amplifier Placements in an Optical LAN/MAN
    4. Optical TDM Networks

Research Project:
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)

Overlap Statement:
ECS 259 is an advanced graduate course in optical networking. Hence, it does not overlap with any course per se.