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Multicast in the asynchronous transfer mode environment

John Matthew Simon Doar

April 1993, 168 pages

This technical report is based on a dissertation submitted January 1993 by the author for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the University of Cambridge, St John’s College.

DOI: 10.48456/tr-298


In future multimedia communication networks, the ability to multicast information will be useful for many new and existing services. This dissertation considers the design of multicast switches for Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networks and proposes one design based upon a slotted ring. Analysis and simulation studies of this design are presented and details of its implementation for an experimental ATM network (Project Fairisle) are described, together with the modifications to the existing multi-service protocol architecture necessary to provide multicast connections. Finally, a short study of the problem of multicast routing is presented, together with some simulations of the long-term effect upon the routing efficiency of modifying the number of destinations within a multicast group.

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  author =	 {Doar, John Matthew Simon},
  title = 	 {{Multicast in the asynchronous transfer mode environment}},
  year = 	 1993,
  month = 	 apr,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  doi = 	 {10.48456/tr-298},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-298}