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Bandwidth allocation in ATM networks


In an ATM network, bandwidth is allocated at different levels and in different stages. At the physical level, the ATM topology can be dynamically reconfigured by adding/removing truns between ATM switches. This allocation of bandwidth is made possible by the SONET Synchronous Transfer Mode (STM) infrastructure equipped with Digital Cross Connect Systems (DCSs). We will refer to this allocation asSTM allocation. At the ATM level, we can allocate bandwidth to individual Virtual Circuits (ATM-VC allocation) as well as to Virtual Paths (ATM-VP allocation). For example, in order to implement the Connectionless Network Access layer functions we find it convenient to organize the Virtual Paths in a Connectionless Overlay Network. This introduces another type of bandwidth allocation (CLS allocation). In this paper, we address and formulate the above bandwidth allocation problems, and propose efficient techniques for their solution. We illustrate these techniques with examples based on STM and CLS allocation, respectively.

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Annals of Operations Research, , August. 1995


José Augusto Suruagy Monteiro
Mario Gerla