ATM

An introduction to asynchronous transfer mode communications

An introduction to Asynchronous Transfer Mode Communications
Duration: 2 days

Overview
The course comprises six modules covering the theory of asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) communications followed by a day of practical hands-on broadband networking between various real-world broadcast locations to help consolidate the learning process.

Course Content
Here is a break-down of the seven course modules:

Module 1 - Introduction - the promise of ATM
  • Some history and some concepts
  • What motivated ATM?
  • What is ATM?
  • ATM devices
  • ATM network interfaces
  • ATM cell base

Module 2 - ATM switching
  • Introduction
  • Transport vs control
  • ATM switching functions
  • General structure of an ATM switch
  • Switching element requirements
  • Queuing requirements

Module 3 - The layered model
  • Introduction
  • The physical layer
  • The ATM layer
  • The ATM adaption layer

Module 4 - Traffic management
  • ATM addresses
  • ATM connections
  • ATM multi-tasking
  • ATM traffic contract
  • Generic cell rate algorithm (GCRA)
  • ATM service categories
  • ATM traffic management
  • Available bit-rate flow control

Module 5 - Voice over ATM
  • Introduction
  • Voice communications
  • ATM adaptation layers for voice

Module 6 - Video over ATM
  • Video communication
  • Compressed video
  • Variable bit-rate
  • Multiplexing variable bit-rate sources
  • Video adaptation on ATM

Module 7 - Practical
  • ATM at the broadcaster
  • ATM in the region
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