Providing Rate Guarantees for Internet Application Traffic Across ATM Networks

I. ANDRIKOPOULOS  A. LIAKOPOULOS  G. PAVLOU  Z. SUN  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E83-B    No.2    pp.123-124
Publication Date: 2000/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Extended Abstracts of the IEEE Communications Surveys in Cooperation with IEICE-CS)
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ATM,  GFR,  TCP/IP,  rate guarantees,  ATM switch,  

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Summary: 
The TCP/IP protocol suite is the standard requirement for all applications that need to communicate over the Internet. As TCP/IP applications are unable to specify the QoS parameters needed for most Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) services, they tend to use the unspecified bit rate (UBR) service category when running across ATM networks. The UBR service utilizes any bandwidth that is left unused by the rest of the ATM services. This has led the ATM Forum's Traffic Management Group to define a new service category called guaranteed frame rate (GFR). GFR is intended to provide minimum cell rate guarantees and fair access to excess bandwidth left over from higher-priority services. This article first presents a tutorial overview of GFR and then presents a survey of the research work that has been carried out toward the design and implementation of associated ATM switch mechanisms.