Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) has emerged as a possible contender for the
next generation of digital data switching system and as the fundamental transport
basis for the Broadband Integrated Services Digital Network, (B-ISDN) and
telecommunications in the future. ATM networks can provide a high degree of
flexibility. Due to the dynamic allocation of transmission and switching resources
and the absence of a physical channel structure in such a network, services are not
necessarily restricted to a particular bit rate. They may work at any bit rate within
the limit of the network and can also support variable bit rate connections.
There is a growing need for networks to carry a greater range of traffic such as
wide-band traffic (video), bursty traffic (variable bit rate video), short holding time
traffic (facsimile) and low bandwidth traffic (voice). To cope with variations in
demand, networks must also be capable of dynamically allocating their total
capacity amongst the various traffic types. The traffic requirements can be met
through the use of architectures based on Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM).... cont'd
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.