A Broadband Integrated-Services Digital Network (B-ISDN) is a very high-speed communication network which can carry different types of traffic. Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) is a widely accepted mode of transport for a B-ISDN. This chapter begins with a brief description of B-ISDN traffic and ATM standards and protocols. A queueing model of an ATM network is then described; this model is based on ATM output-buffer switches. An outline of the contents of this book follows. This chapter concludes with a list of references and a more general discussion of ATM switching.
KeywordsAsynchronous Transfer Mode Virtual Circuit FIFO Queue Leaky Bucket Asynchronous Transfer Mode Network
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