Understanding ATM Technology


This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and techniques used in ATM based communications networks. The course begins with a review of circuit and packet switching techniques, Local Area Networks (LAN), Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN). Overview of packet-switched data networks and modern data services such as X.25, Narrowband ISDN, Frame relay, and Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS) are presented. ATM standards and protocols; ATM layer, ATM adaptation layer and physical layer are described. ATM categories of transport services and Quality of Service parameters are presented.

The course also examines the issues in integration of data, voice, and video over high speed broadband networks. Several ATM switching architectures are presented and their performance compared. Call and connection control, traffic control and network management are discussed. Mechanisms of Classical IP over ATM, LAN Emulation, and Multiprotocol over ATM are covered. Finally, SONET networking is described as the foundation for the high-speed transmission network.

This course is intended for graduate students, system engineers, software designers, R&D Managers, and Professionals involved or interested in design, deployment and operation of ATM networks.

A complete set of notes and exercises will be provided. The course material has been designed and tested in various training environments and has been optimized for current industry needs. An extensive set of graphical notes, hand outs and exercise are provided to enhance the learning process. Each day ends with some review and discussion sessions and exercises.

What you will learn:

  • ATM architecture, technology, and current ATM networking products and services.
  • Understand the concepts of SONET networking.
  • Pitfalls to avoid in practical applications.
  • Emerging technology directions
  • How to design ATM systems
  • How to calculate achievable data rates
  • What do systems costFrom the course you will understand the fundamentals of ATM technology and how to apply ATM to networking. What are achievable rates and how to size system costs.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Data Communications and LAN Fundamentals
  2. Modern Data Services
  3. Broadband Integrated Services Digital Network (BISDN)
  4. ATM Fundamentals
  5. ATM Layer
  6. ATM Adaptation Layer
  7. ATM Switching Technology
  8. Traffic Management
  9. Call and Connection Control
  10. ATM Network Management
  11. Virtual LAN, Emulated LAN (ELAN), Classical IP over ATM and Multiprotocol over ATM (MPOA)
  12. Introduction to Synchronous Optical NETwork (SONET)
  13. ATM Applications and Case Studies
  14. Emerging Developments and Future Trends


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  • Dr. Nasser M. Nasrabadi

    is a senior research scientist at US Army Research Laboratory (ARL). He is also an adjunct professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and the Johns Hopkins University. He is actively engaged in research in image compression, packet video and transmission of video over high speed wide area networks. He has published over 150 papers in journals and conference proceedings. He has developed and presented several different short courses at numerous national and international conferences. He is a senior member of IEEE and a Fellow of SPIE . He is associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.

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