Communications of the ACM, 01 July 1997, Vol.40(7), pp.64-73
The timely emergence of the asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology is finally removing the boundaries between voice, video, and data communications, and a new information business sector is emerging that will transcend the sum of current separate areas as new users and applications emerge from the integration and interpretability of the parts. While other digital communication technologies have usually tied formats and rates firmly together, the ATM standard describes only the cell format, without specifying rates, framing, or physical barriers. As advances are made in the physical level, ATM can be used at ease over such terabit/sec transmission. ATM will also play a critical role in gigabit integrated features. For ATM to be successful, it has to fill a genuine need. The sheer amount of data communications going on today highlights a deeper and more complex problem, that probably only ATM can solve. However, before ATM fulfills its promise as a cost-effective technology for supporting...
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