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An economic feasibility study for a broadband virtual path SONET/ATM self-healing ring architecture

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3 Author(s)
T. -H. Wu ; Bellcore, Red Bank, NJ, USA ; D. T. Kong ; R. C. Lau

A ring architecture that uses the asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) virtual path (VP) concept to reduce the SONET ring cost in terms of bandwidth management is discussed. The add-drop multiplexer (ADM) proposed for VP ring architectures can evolve from existing SONET ADMs by replacing the STS-3 termination cards by the ATM STS-3c line cards. Existing standard self-healing schemes and protocol SONET rings can be applied to proposed ATM/SONET VP rings. A case study based on a BCC (Bellcore client company) ring network and the sensitivity analysis suggests that the proposed ATM VP ring architecture may be a cost-effective option for implementing the distributed ring grooming system at the DS 1 level. The proposed VP self-healing rings are not only used to carry existing DS 1 and DS 3 service, but can also be used to more cost-effectively consolidate switches for public-switched services and for SMDS, frame relay, and FDDI in metropolitan areas

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IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 9 )