The Next-Generation ATM Switching Architecture for Multimedia Communications

Zenichi YASHIRO  Toshiro TANAKA  Yukihiro DOI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E81-B    No.2    pp.209-214
Publication Date: 1998/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on ATM Switching Systems for future B-ISDN)
Category: ATM switching architecture
ATM switch,  traffic control,  hot-swapping,  

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The Internet is expected to see a rapid growth in multimedia services in the next few years. Network traffic will increase dramatically for many different services, so it will be necessary to have high-speed broadband backbone networks capable of supporting wide-area coverage. Such networks are expected to be built on ATM technology. This paper describes the next-generation ATM switching node architecture for multimedia communications, the enhancement of system capability and functions, and improved system maintainability. The goal is an ATM switching system for Multimedia Communications switching systems; we call it a Multimedia Handling Node for ATM (MHN-A). MHN-A is based on the concept of a unified architecture for circuit switching, packet switching, and ATM switching. Various functions are provided as options that can be economically added or deleted according to customers' requirements.