Semester Offering: August

To provide students with fundamental and practical knowledge in optical networks as well as optimization techniques to solve problems related to efficient design of optical networks.


Motivation for optical networking. Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks. Routing and wavelength assignment for wavelength-routed networks. Recovery from link and node failure. Traffic grooming for access networks. Multiple access control (MAC) for local networks. Integer linear programming. Aspects of optical burst switching (OBS) and optical packet switching (OPS).




I  Motivation for Optical Networking

II. Building Blocks of Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) Networks

III. Wavelength-routed Optical Wide-Area Networks (WANs)

  1. Static dimensioning and topology designs for optical WANs
  2. Routing and wavelength assignment (RWA)
  3. Network optimization with integer linear programming (ILP)
  4. RWA under physical constraints on transmission
  5. Recovery from link and node failures
  6. Roles of optical wavelength conversion
  7. Case study: optimization for RWA

IV. Optical Metro-Area Networks (MANs)

  1. Topology designs for optical MANs
  2. Unidirectional Path Switching Ring (UPSR) and Bidirectional Line Switching Ring (BLSR)
  3. Traffic grooming and deployment of add-drop multiplexers (ADM)
  4. Case study: optimization for traffic grooming

V. Optical Local-Area Networks (LANs)

  1. Topology designs for optical LANs
  2. Passive optical networks (PONs) for Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH)
  3. Multiple access control (MAC) for PONs
  4. Packet scheduling algorithms with quality of service (QoS) awareness
  5. Case study: dynamic bandwidth allocation for PONs

VI. Futuristic Visions for Optical Networks

  1. Optical packet switching (OPS)
  2. Optical burst switching (OBS)


Lecture notes and handouts.


D.P. Bertsekas and R.G. Gallager, Data Networks , Prentice Hall, 1992.
D. Bertsimas and J.N. Tsitsiklis, Introduction to Linear Optimization , Athena Scientific, 1997.
T.H. Cormen, C.E. Leiserson, and R.L. Rivest, Introduction to Algorithms . McGraw-Hill, 1990.
W.D. Grover: Mesh-Based Survivable Networks , Prentice Hall, 2004.
G. Keiser: Optical Fiber Communications , McGraw-Hill, 2000.
H. Kolimbiris: Fiber Optics Communications , Prentice Hall, 2004.
B. Mukherjee: Optical Communication Networks , McGraw-Hill, 1997.
C.H. Papadimitriou and K. Steiglitz Combinatorial Optimization , Dover Publications, 1998.
R. Ramaswamy and K. Sivarajan: Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective , Morgan Kaufmann, 2001.
A.B. Sharma, S.J. Halme, and M.M. Butusov: Optical Fiber Systems and Their Components , Springer-Verlag, 1981. T.E. Stern and K. Bala: ultiwavelength Optical Networks: A Layered Approach , Prentice Hall, 1999.


IEEE Transactions on Communications
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
IEICE Transactions
OSA Journal of Optical Networking
SPIE Optical Engineering


The final grade will be computed from the following components:
project assignments (30 %),
mid-semester exam (30%), and
final exam (40%).
Closed-book examination is used in both mid-semester and final exams.