Understanding Sonet/Sdh and Atm: Communications Networks for the Next Millennium
||Author: Stamatios V. Kartalopoulos|
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Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Pr (28 April, 1999)
Sales Rank: 91,220
Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Great buy for the starters in this field
For any one trying for introduction to the topics SONET/SDH ATM This book is the best. Very lucid explanation with lot of good figures and mainly you can read it at bedtime/while travelling and get authentic overview of the subject , A must for the managers in the field and engineers starting to work in the field. The main feature is that it packs a lot of information in such a compact book and which is very well readable.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Very basic introduction and overview of SONET and ATM
This book is certainly not a in-depth/exhaustive documentation of SONET and ATM. However, it does provide a general understanding of how SONET/ATM fits in the grand scheme of things. It explains some of the obvious facts of why things are the way they are (e.g. 4Kbps BW of human voice signal, and therefore 8Ksps by Nyquist's sampling theory).
I do agree with Newport Beach reader that there seems to be some errors (I didn't know Shannon is accredited with 2X sampling theory, I have never heard of frequency hopping associated with DMT, usual just CDMA/SS).
I do find the book well organized and ideas flow in continuous manner. This is good for picking up buzz words but be prepared to look elsewhere for a full explanation. As an example, it mentions about optical components such as EDFA and pumps. If you know what these components are, then everything flows. If not, then you'll have to google.
Book should be good for manager/sales people. Even an average engineer with minimal experience (like me) would find it too brief. This is the kind of book for bedtime reading (i.e. no equations) and would most likely sit on the shelf after.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Lots of errors and not a good explanation of SONET
This book was published by the IEEE. It lists two technical reviewers (Curtis Newton and Kevin Sparks) and the author thanks certain anonymous reviewers, I assume, in addition to Newton and Sparks. And yet, the book has an amazing number of errors, even to my quick reading. For example, on page 4 he credits Shannon as developing the criteria that you must sample at twice the bandwidth of interest, when this is generally credited to Nyquist (even Shannon credits Nyquist). On page 10, he claims that 2B1Q is limited to 392 Kbps, when 2B1Q is used on HDSL to provision T1 lines at 1.544 Mbps over two pair (about 784 Kbps over each pair). Extensions to the standard by companies such as Conexant have pushed 2B1Q to about 2.046 Mbps on a single pair. Also on page 10, he associates "frequency hopping" with DMT, instead of wireless spread spectrum. He also claims that CAP modulation can only achieve data rates of 10-175 Kbps. I'm sure the engineers at Globespan will get a chuckle out of that. On page 66, there's an error in Figure 8.9. On pages 55, 56, and 57, his explanation of pointer adjustments has an error on when the pointer is adjusted. And that's just with a quick review (maybe 30 minutes).
But perhaps more importantly, his explanation of SONET/SDH is just not very thorough or clear.
Unfortunately, I can't point you at a good book on SONET/SDH. All of the books I looked at just don't do a good job of explaining it. If you already know the technology you can read the books and understand them, but if you're just starting out you'll get lost in a hurry.
For a good explanation of the network, in general, the best book I've found is Bellamy's "Digital Telephony," 3rd edition. His explanation of SONET, while accurate, is too brief for a novice, however.
· ATM Theory and Applications
· SONET/SDH Demystified
· Optical Networking & Wdm
· Sonet/SDH Third Edition