A Failure-Resistant Self-Healing Scheme in ATM Networks


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E81-B       pp.699-705
Publication Date: 1998/04/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Category: Communication Networks and Services
self-healing,  restoration,  failure,  ATM,  Virtual Path,  

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In B-ISDN, network reliability is a very significant theme. This paper proposes the Failure-Resistant Virtual Path (FRVP) scheme that prevents any information loss even with network failure, to realize a high-end reliability service in B-ISDN. The FRVP scheme is based on simple parallel transmission established using the superior characteristics of ATM. In the FRVP scheme, the transmitter duplicates user cells and transmits them across several VPs simultaneously. The receiver chooses the perfect cells and sends them to the user. As a result, the cell stream output by the receiver is not affected by VP failure if at least one VP remains active. I develop a prototype FRVP system and conduct field trials using NTT's nationwide ATM testbed network. The FRVP scheme is shown to achieve extremely-reliable ATM networks and services.