Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 253–271 | Cite as

Factors influencing ATM adapter throughput

  • Andrew Rindos
  • Steven Woolet
  • David Cosby
  • Leonard Hango
  • Mladen Vouk


Analytical and experimental evaluations show that ATM adapters can perform quite close to their designed limits, provided that they are used in a properly configured environment with series resources capable of sustaining the desired throughputs. While the media speed may be 155, 100 or 25 Mbps, there are a number of factors that will determine the final achieved maximum throughput observed by a user of a ATM adapter. One is the overhead inherent to ATM, such as the 5 byte ATM header that accompanies every 48 bytes of data sent. Others are inherent in the protocol used in the communication layers above ATM (e.g., pacing and retransmission associated with TCP/IP). Still others are dependent upon the processor speed and operating system used by the adapter host system. This paper discusses those parameters that, based on our experience, can have a considerable impact on the throughput of an ATM adapter. Turboways1 25, 100 and 155 ATM adapter measurements illustrate these issues. These represent end-to-end (application layer-to-application layer) throughput measurements, involving all supporting hardware (workstations, 8260 ATM hub/switch, 8282 ATM concentrator, etc.) and all protocol layers, operating system, etc.

Key words

ATM Networking Performance Multimedia 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Rindos
    • 1
  • Steven Woolet
    • 1
  • David Cosby
    • 1
  • Leonard Hango
    • 1
  • Mladen Vouk
    • 2
  1. 1.Networking Hardware DivisionIBM CorporationResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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