1st Edition

Metropolitan Area Networks
Statistical Mechanics and Cybernetic Perspectives



ISBN 9780849324741
Published December 27, 1994 by CRC Press
176 Pages

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Book Description

The demand for communication networks has increased dramatically in the last few years, creating a need for an intermediate network that operates over a metropolitan area at comparatively high data rates with simple protocols. With some characteristics of local area networks and wide area networks, the metropolitan area network (MAN) technology reflects the best features of both. The motivations for MAN technology include o interconnection of LANs o high-speed services o integrated services.
MANs can be used in the following areas:

  • LAN interconnection
  • Filetransfer
  • Distributed processing
  • Remote services
  • Remote login
    Metropolitan Area Networks provides an introduction to the key concepts of MANs in an easily understood style. Organized into five chapters, this unique book acts as an excellent reference for a beginner as well as for the veteran in the field.
    Topics include:
  • Introductory and background information about MANs
  • Interworking devices, MAN topologies, and key issues
  • Various popular protocols proposed for MANs
  • Modeling and performance analysis of common MAN topologies
  • Emerging MAN-related technologies such as BISDN, ATM networks, frame relay, cell relay, SONET, and SMDS
    For a broad understanding of this expanding subject, Metropolitan Area Networks serves as the singular standard in the field.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Definition of MAN
    Differences from LANs
    Motivations for MAN
    Applications for MANs
    Conclusion
    References
    MAN Technology
    Protocol Architecture
    Internetworking Devices
    Topologies
    Key Issues
    Conclusion
    References
    Proposed MANs
    Expressnet
    Fasnet
    FDDI
    DQDB
    Comparison of DQDB and FDDI
    Other MANs
    Conclusion
    References
    Performance Analysis
    Interconnected Token Rings
    DQDB
    FDDI
    Conclusion
    References
    Emerging MAN Technologies
    Narrowband ISDN
    Broadband ISDN
    ATM LANs
    SONET
    Frame and Cell Relays
    SMDS
    MAN Evolution Process
    Conclusion
    References
    Glossary and Acronyms
    Selected Bibliography
    Index

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