Fast Resource Management in ATM Networks

  • Pierre E. Boyer


Network resource management is a constant problem, even in high-speed networks. In permanent connections, set-up is done once, which implies allocating some network resources regardless of the real-time traffic profile. On the opposite, switched connections are made only when necessary and break when no longer needed. Therefore, switched connections can be viewed as an approach to network resource management of sporadic traffic profiles. However, switching connections implies the design and deployment of large signalling systems. In addition, the set-up phase duration is not expected to range below a few hundreds of ms which can be far too large for small bursts of activity.

The user of an ATM connection — whether it is permanent or switched — could be alternatively allowed to purchase a temporary increase of network resource. In order to adapt to the real — time traffic profile, the allocation of network resources should be performed within the smallest amount of time — even reducing to the electrical propagation delay. This is the Fast Resource Management (FRM) concept. This paper illustrates some of its early applications which can be viewed as resource switching over permanent connections. But FRM goes far beyond as it applies to switched connections as well and fits the self-similar nature of broadband traffics.


Congestion Control Virtual Private Network Switching Element Asynchronous Transfer Mode Network Traffic Profile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre E. Boyer
    • 1
  1. 1.France-Telecom CNETFrance

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