TM8106 - Optical Networking


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course will give the student in-depth understanding of the functionality of optical networks and how they may be implemented. How an optical network can work together with an IP-based network infrastructure for ensuring both high reliability and performance in access, metro and transport networks, is paid special attention. Protocols, e.g. MPLS-TP, GMPLS, SDN, OTN, and Ethernet PBB-TE will be addressed. The topics covered includes building blocks for optical networks and systems. Included is an introduction to optical components, principles and functionality in optical network elements as well as basic physical principles and properties and constraints in optical fiber transmission. Principles and the function of optical circuit switched networks, both network elements like reconfigurable add/drops and optical cross-connects as well as the principle of a wavelength routed optical network are covered. Finally, up-to-date research in optical packet switched node and network architectures is studied.

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge: 1) To get a good understanding of physical properties of optical networks. 2) To get a profound understanding of protocols applied in optical networks: MPLS-TP, GMPLS, SDN, OTN, Ethernet PBB-TE. 3) To get a profound understanding of optical switching methods and networking techniques, circuit, packet, hybrid, burst and flow. 4) To get a basic understanding of optical components and optical node design. B. Skills: 1) To be able to communicate, reason and creatively think about optical networks. 2) To be able to design optical networks, taking both physical transmission properties and optical networking constraints into account. 3) To be able to evaluate performance and availability of optical networks using simulation methods.

Learning methods and activities

Interactive lectures and colloquia. It is expected that the students are well prepared in advance before participating. Obligatory exercises. One of the exercises will be simulation of an optical network problem.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The grading rule is passed/failed. The minimum passing grade is 70/100 points (70%).

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be defined at start of course. Parts of textbooks and papers from conference proceedings and journals will be the main litterature. The manual for the simulation tool DEMOS may be used in (at least) one of the excercises given.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Telecommunication
  • Applied Information and Communication Technology
  • Computer Systems
  • Telematics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology


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