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Engineering Building And Campus Networks For Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)
Author(s): Thomas F. McIntosh
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Paper Abstract

The FDDI standard provides a high speed optical channel for interconnection among mainframes and peripherals, and for use as a backbone network between lower speed local area networks (LANs). As FDDI networks move out of the data center environment, detailed engineering rules are required to construct and administer the dual ring architectures for building and campus applications. This paper examines generic building and campus layouts, and demonstrates the implementation of the logical rings within the star physical topology of the AT&T Premises Distribution System (PDS). A companion paper presents optical performance models to determine distance limitations of the cable plant for these networks, with or without optical bypass switches.' The networks addressed range from a single closet, to a single multi-floor building, to a campus involving multiple buildings. Standard interfaces to the distribution system are defined for each administrative location in the generic building layout. Uniform jumper configurations are specified for cross-connections among the interfaces, which form the network into a dual ring architecture. Using the design guidelines presented, networks of any size and configuration can be constructed which conform to the FDDI dual ring standard.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1179, Fiber Networking and Telecommunications, (15 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.963411
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Thomas F. McIntosh, AT&T Bell Laboratories. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1179:
Fiber Networking and Telecommunications
Joseph Garodnick; Lynn D. Hutcheson; David A. Kahn, Editor(s)

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