Chapter 9. Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Introduction

The following topics are covered in this chapter:

  • ATM Wide Area Networks (WANs)

  • ATM WAN Interfaces

  • ATM Connections

  • Virtual Paths

  • Cell Transmission

  • ATM Traffic Parameters

  • ATM Service Classes

  • Quality of Service (QoS) Parameters

  • ATM WAN Architecture

  • ATM Traffic Contract and Negotiation

Many enterprise customers and some service providers consider Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) a mature, legacy technology. ATM supports the need for a low-cost wide-area networking (WAN) alternative to point-to-point, high-bandwidth, dedicated services. In addition to providing dedicated point-to-point services, ATM also enables switch-to-switch trunking, which supports legacy Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) Private Branch ...

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