The asynchronous transfer mode: A tutorial. (English) Zbl 0762.68007

Summary: The Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) is the switching and multiplexing technique chosen by CCITT for the broadband access to the ISDN. The user- network interface offers one physical channel over which connections are multiplexed using short, fixed length packets (called cells). The ATM layer in the network performs relaying functions, with every vell carrying a label used for switching.
This report is a tutorial. It aims at providing the reader with the background information that is necessary to understand the debate about potential virtues and shortcomings of the ATM.


68M10 Network design and communication in computer systems
68-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to computer science
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