6.442 Optical Communications and Networks

Spring, 2008

This course will introduce the fundamental and practical aspects of optical network technology, architecture, design and analysis tools and techniques. The treatment of optical networks will be from the architecture and system design points of view. Optical hardware technologies will be introduced and characterized as fundamental network building blocks on which optical transmission systems and network architectures are based. In addition to the Physical Layer, the higher network layers (Media Access Control, Network and Transport Layers) will be considered together as integral parts of network design. Performance metrics, analysis and optimization techniques will be developed to help guide the creation of high performance complex optical networks. 

Advanced students are encouraged to register for 6.291 Seminar in Systems, Communications, and Control Research.

Lectures
  Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Room: 36-156

Prerequisites
  Probability theory course such as 6.041, 6.042 or equivalent.

References 
  Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective, 2nd ed., Rajiv Ramaswami and Kumar N. Sivarajan, ISBN: 1558606556.
  Data Networks, 2nd ed., Dimitri Bertsekas and Robert Gallager, ISBN: 0132009161.

Grading
 
Problem sets 30%, midterm 30%, final exam 40%.

Instructor
  Vincent W. S. Chan
  chan(at)mit(dot)edu
  36-545
  X 8-8222
  Office hours: TBD

Teaching assistants

  Lillian Dai
  lldai(at)mit(dot)edu
  32-D678
  X 2-3443

 

Etty Lee
eshin(at)mit(dot)edu
32-D678
X 3-5992

 

Guy Weichenberg
gew(at)mit(dot)edu
32-D678
X 2-3443

Course materials (lectures, problem sets, exams)

HKN course evaluation
(Link will be active as of May 7)