Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (474) TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA DELLE TELECOMUNICAZIONI
051178 - OPTICAL AND TRANSPORT NETWORKS
Telecommunications networks have to deal with the exponential growth of traffic demand, driven by bandwidth-hungry multimedia services and mobile applications. Traditionally, network traffic used to be based on circuit-switched connections between pairs of endpoints. Today, most network traffic is packet-based, generated by a multitude of services in bursty and time-varying patterns, thus imposing more complex requirements on data transport performance. Only optical technologies enable flexible and transparent transport of various data formats at the highest transmission capacity.
This course provides an ample overview of fundamental topics about transport networks based on optical systems. In the first part, a thorough primer of traditional digital multiplexing systems (PDH and SDH) is provided. The enabling technologies for optical transmission systems and networks are surveyed. An overview on the Optical Transport Network standard is presented, as direct development of SDH. Architectures of optical Next-Generation Access Networks and Passive Optical Networks are illustrated with deployment considerations. Finally, it is highlighted how packet data can be transported over optical systems.
In the second part, the subject area of network synchronization is explored, providing a wide overview on such fundamental topics as jitter, clock models, network synchronization strategies, architectures and requirements in a variety of network environments.
Finally, basic elements of traffic models and engineering are surveyed, for both circuit and packet traffic, up to covering advanced topics as self-similar fractal models to describe the behavior of packet network traffic.
All course topics are presented by providing the necessary theoretical background, yet always highlighting most relevant practical and application aspects.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
1. Knowledge and understanding
After having attended the course and having fruitfully passed the exam, the student should know at least the main elements of:
digital multiplexing systems, from PDH to SDH;
SDH systems, from frame structures to equipment and systems;
enabling technologies for optical systems and networks;
the OTN standard;
architectures of optical access networks;
how packet traffic (namely, IP) is transported over transmission systems;
principles of network synchronization, as a fundamental requirement for fixed and mobile networks;
models of synchronization signals and clocks;
models of circuit and packet traffic in transport networks.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding
Owing to the various numerical exercises discussed in class, on which at least half of the exam tests is based, the students should not only acquire the capacity to apply the concepts learned from lessons to practical cases, but also improve their ability of numerical resolution and design in practical problems, which is an essential ability for an Engineer.
Moreover, the lessons always highlight the practical and application aspects that are most relevant to the subject, thus encouraging the students to learn to apply autonomously the concepts understood to new and different problems.
5. Lifelong learning skills
The learning skills of the students are developed by an interactive approach in teaching, which always strives to involve participation and interaction and to stimulate curiosity for new topics.
When available, complete texts, such as textbooks, chapters, white papers are recommended as study material rather than succinct slides, in order to stimulate the ability of students to learn concepts on a complete text and technical documentation, rather than limiting the scope to few essential sentences condensed to few words.
Likewise, exams avoid multiple-choice questions, to develop the skills of students in active problem solving.
1. BASICS OF DIGITAL MULTIPLEXING SYSTEMS. Time Division Multiplexing (TDM). Synchronous and asynchronous digital multiplexing. Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH).
2. SYNCHRONOUS DIGITAL HIERARCHY (SDH) SYSTEMS. Hierarchical levels. International Standards. Frame structures. Examples of mapping of PDH signals over SDH. Pointer justification. Contiguous and virtual concatenation. Overheads and network transport levels. Bit error rate estimation (BIP-n,m coding). SDH equipment. Scrambling. Frame alignment. Alarms. Physical interfaces. Regenerators. Multiplexers. Digital Cross-Connects. Traffic protection.
3. TECHNOLOGIES FOR OPTICAL SYSTEMS AND NETWORKS. Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM). WDM networking evolution. Optical transmission in fibers. Optical transmitters. Optical modulation. Optical receivers and filters. Optical amplifiers. Optical switching elements. WDM system design.
4. OPTICAL TRANSPORT NETWORK. Standards. OTN hierarchy. OTN frames and multiplexing.
6. PACKET DATA TRANSPORT. IP over SDH. Generic Framing Procedure (GFP). Virtual concatenation and LCAS. Ethernet over SDH.
7. NETWORK SYNCHRONIZATION. Jitter and wander. Synchronizers and desynchronizers. Evolution of network synchronization from fixed to mobile communications. Synchronization networks. Principles of Network Time Protocol (NTP) and IEEE1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) for time synchronization. Synchronization in IP and mobile backhaul networks: packet-based methods and Synchronous Ethernet. Models of clocks in telecommunications.
8. TRAFFIC MODELS AND ENGINEERING. Elements of queuing theory: Bernoulli and Poisson events, Markov chains, birth and death processes, performance evaluation of basic queuing systems. Telephone circuit traffic models and engineering. Packet traffic models in transport networks: self-similarity and long-range dependence. Estimation and measurement of traffic long-range dependence.
It is recommended to attend all classroom lessons for optimal understanding of all course topics.
Fundamentals of mathematics, probability and telecommunications networks.
Modalità di valutazione
The learning assessment consists in a written exam, including various numerical exercises and questions on the subject matter. Both are structured in such a way, to verify the "expected learning outcomes" 1, 2, and 5 as described above, in particular not only the knowledge and understanding of course topics, but also the ability of students to solve numerical problems and to design solutions.
An oral examination may be possible, upon request of the student and at discretion of the Professor, based on the assessment result achieved with the written text. No intermediate evaluations are planned. All exams are all-inclusive over the whole course program.
The student, who is not satisfied of the assessment score received, is admitted to next exams to improve his/her evaluation until the end of the Academic Year. Handing over a written test cancels any valid mark previously achieved.
If the evaluation received at an exam is severely insufficient, the student may be deferred to the next exam Session, skipping the first exam date.
S. Bregni, Sistemi di trasmissione PDH e SDH - Multiplazione, Editore: McGraw-Hill Education Italy, Anno edizione: 2004, ISBN: 978-8-83-867340-5
S. Bregni, Synchronization of Digital Telecommunications Networks, Editore: J. Wiley and Sons, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 0-471-61550-1
B. Mukherjee, Optical WDM Networks, Editore: Springer US, Anno edizione: 2006, ISBN: 978-0-387-29188-8
Fiber to the Home Council Europe, FTTH Handbook, Ed. 7, Anno edizione: 2016
Stefano Bregni, Lecture notes on all course topics, Anno edizione: 2018
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