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    BKMWOPNT.RVW 990919 Multiwavelength Optical Networks , Thomas E. Stern/Krishna Bala, 1999, 0-201-30967-X, U$69.95/C$104.95 %A Thomas E. Stern %A Krishna
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      BKMWOPNT.RVW 990919

      "Multiwavelength Optical Networks", Thomas E. Stern/Krishna Bala,
      1999, 0-201-30967-X, U$69.95/C$104.95
      %A Thomas E. Stern
      %A Krishna Bala
      %C P.O. Box 520, 26 Prince Andrew Place, Don Mills, Ontario M3C 2T8
      %D 1999
      %G 0-201-30967-X
      %I Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.
      %O U$69.95/C$104.95 416-447-5101 fax: 416-443-0948 bkexpress@...
      %P 766 p.
      %T "Multiwavelength Optical Networks: A Layered Approach"

      The book is intended both as a course text, and professional
      (engineering) reference, for wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM)
      optical networks: those networks that use different "colours" of light
      in a single physical path, either to create separate communications
      channels or increase bandwidth.

      Chapter one introduces the general situation for optical networks: the
      need for higher bandwidth and the limitations that leave existing
      optical paths mostly unused. Some attempt is made to explain basic
      technologies. This material is accessible to the intelligent non-
      specialist, but it lacks depth for those not fully familiar with
      photonic technologies. For example, the point is made that optical
      systems are fast but dumb, and electronic systems are intelligent but
      slow, but there is no specific comparison of the current and
      theoretical switching speeds for equivalent optical and electronic
      discrete components. Designs for switches and other node elements are
      presented in chapter two, although the material could be improved with
      the addition of some discussion of the physical components themselves.
      Study problems are included, and, although not simple, they may be
      simplistic in terms of testing for full comprehension. The
      topological, connection, and physical layer protocol discussions in
      chapter three make it a bit of a mixed bag.

      It is in chapter four that we get some of the background needed to
      understand the content in the previous section, with explanations of
      optical fibre, lasers, detectors, switches, and so forth. Functions
      and characteristics of static multipoint networks are outlined in
      chapter five, with wavelength routed networks in chapter six, and
      logically routed networks in chapter seven.

      Chapter eight looks at survivability and restoration topologies.
      Current trends in multiwavelength technologies are reviewed in chapter
      nine.

      The appendices discuss theory, algorithms, and the SONET standard.

      While the organization of the material is not always straightforward,
      the content is useful to the student or worker in the multiwavelength
      field.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999 BKMWOPNT.RVW 990919

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