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Tokenless Protocols for Fiber Optic Local Area Networks

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3 Author(s)
P. Rodrigues ; Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ; L. Fratta ; M. Gerla

A family of LAN (Local Area Network) protocols is presented. The LAN consists of a pair of unidirectional fiber optic buses to which stations are connected via passive taps. The protocols provide round-robin bounded delay access to all stations. Contrary to most roundrobin access schemes, the protocols do not require transmission of special packets (tokens); rather, they simply rely on the detection of bus activity at each station. The performance of these protocols in various traffic conditions and system configurations is evaluated via analysis and simulation.

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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 6 )