Technology - Data 2 - ATM


This report discusses ATM’s technical characteristics including ATM’s provision of QoS and how it was intended to provide the basis for global networks carrying both packet and circuit-switched traffic for Internet, private networks, voice and video communications. The global adoption of TCP/IP and MPLS in favour of ATM is also discussed.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Cell switching in hardware
    • 3.1 Path identifiers, rather than addresses
    • 3.2 Short header
  • 4. Distinguishing characteristics of ATM
  • 5. Applications and futures
    • 5.1 Global adoption in carrier backbone networks
  • 6. ATM for LAN
    • 6.1 Cells within frames
  • 7. Conclusion
  • 8. Related reports

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Last updated 1 Aug 2006
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Analyst: Robin Whittle

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