Lecture 7

ATM Introduction

Instructor:
Musfara Farooqui
Lecture Objectives
Introduction to ATM technology
Design Goals of ATM
Significance of small and fixed sized cells
ATM netw...
Asynchronous Transfer Mode
(ATM)
Asynchronous

Transfer Mode (ATM) is an
International Telecommunication UnionTelecommuni...
Basic Concepts
Idea

is to integrate heterogeneous sources
(different rates, QoS requirements) and
provide differentiated...
Basic Concepts …
Connection-oriented

service
All information is transmitted in 53-byte cells
Uniform cell format simpl...
ATM vs. Telephone Networks
 Current

phone networks are synchronous (periodic)
while ATM = Asynchronous Transfer Mode
 P...
Goals
 One

objective is to move as many of the functions to
hardware as possible (for speed) and eliminate as
many softw...
ATM
 ATM

is based on ITU-T Broadband ISDN standard (BISDN)
 It was originally conceived as a high-speed transfer
techno...
ATM Network Environment
 ATM

is a cell-switching and multiplexing technology
 Efficient than TDM (synchronous).
 It co...
ATM; Efficient than TDM
 TDM

(synchronous)
◦ Time slots are pre-allocated
◦ If a station has much data to send, it can s...
ATM Devices
 An

ATM network is made up of two general devices:
◦ ATM switch
◦ ATM endpoints.
 ATM switch
◦ responsible ...
ATM Network Architecture
•

An ATM Network Comprises:
• ATM Switches
• Endpoints

• An ATM network consists of a set of AT...
ATM Network Interfaces
 ATM

switches support two primary types of interfaces:
◦ UNI
 The UNI connects ATM end systems (...
UNI and NNI

C o m p u te r

U N I
N N I

A T M S W IT C H

A T M S W IT C H

N N I

U N I

A T M S W IT C H

N N I

N N I...
ATM Interface Specifications
 ATM

Interface Specifications Differ for Private
and Public Networks
ATM Interfaces
 User

to Network Interface (UNI):
◦ Public UNI, Private UNI
 Network to Node Interface (NNI):
◦ Private ...
ATM Interfaces
ATM Cell Basic Format
 ATM

transfers information in fixed-size units called cells.
 Each cell consists of 53 octets, or...
Significance of small size ATM
Header
 To

guarantee a fast processing in the network, the
ATM header has very limited fu...
Significance of small size ATM Cell
 The

Payload/Data field (48 bytes) length is relatively
small:
◦ to reduce the inter...
ATM Virtual Connections
 ATM

networks are fundamentally connection oriented
◦ A virtual circuit is established prior to ...
Why two VC identifiers are used in
ATM
 The

whole idea behind dividing a virtual connection
identifier into two parts is...
Virtual Paths & Virtual Circuits
A

virtual path is a bundle of virtual channels, all of
which are switched transparently...
ATM Connection Relationships
Virtual Connections
 Switches

transfer cells from input port to output port
based on Virtual Circuit and Virtual Path id...
Advantages of VP and VC
 Simplified

Network Architecture

◦ Network Transmission functions can be separated into those
r...
Routing with a switch
ATM Virtual Circuits
ATM Cell Header Format
An

ATM cell header can be one of two
formats:
◦ UNI
 The UNI header is used for communication
be...
An ATM cell
Generic ATM Cell
ATM UNI Cell
ATM NNI Cell
ATM headers
Virtual connection identifiers in UNIs
and NNIs
ATM Cell Header Fields
◦
◦
◦
◦
◦
◦

Generic Flow Control (GFC)
Virtual Path Identifier (VPI)
Virtual Circuit Identifier (V...
ATM Cell Header Fields
 Generic

Flow Control (GFC)

◦ Provides local functions, such as identifying multiple stations th...
ATM Cell Header Fields


Payload Type (PT)

◦ 1st Bit
data type
 Indicates in the first bit whether the cell contains us...
ATM Services
Main

types of ATM services:

◦ permanent virtual circuits (PVC)
◦ switched virtual circuits (SVC)
PVC
permanent

virtual circuits (PVC)

◦ Similar to a leased line
◦ Guarantees availability of a connection
◦ Does not re...
SVC
switched

◦
◦
◦
◦
◦

virtual circuits (SVC)

Similar to dial-up service/telephone call
SVC is created and released dy...
ATM Reference Model
 ATM

Planes

◦ Control
 responsible for generating & managing signaling requests.
 traffic policin...
The ATM Reference Model
The ATM Reference Model
Layers in ATM Model
 Three

layers are there in ATM Reference Model:

◦ Physical Layer
◦ ATM Layer
◦ ATM Adaptation Layer
Physical layer
 Physical

layer
◦ Analogous to the physical layer of the OSI model,
it manages the medium-dependent trans...
ATM Layer
 Combined

with the ATM adaptation layer, the ATM
layer is roughly analogous to the data link layer of the
OSI ...
ATM Layer
 Provides

routing, switching, multiplexing and traffic
management.
 Transmission/Reception
 Cell header gene...
ATM Adaptation Layer
 ATM

◦
◦
◦
◦

adaptation layer (AAL)
Breaks messages to cells
Combined with the ATM layer, the AAL ...
ATM layers
ATM layers in endpoint devices and
switches
ATM layer
ATM Adaptation Layer
 Services:

◦ handling of transmission errors
◦ segmentation and reassembly (enables large blocks of...
ATM Adaptation Layer
 Subdivided

into two logical layers:
◦ Convergence Sublayer (CS)
 upper-layer frames are basic dat...
ATM Adaptation Layer
 Four

◦
◦
◦
◦

versions
AAL1 (for constant-bit-rate stream)
AAL2 (for short packets)
AAL3/4 (3 for ...
ATM Adaptation Layers (AAL)
AAL1

◦ Connection-oriented service
◦ suitable for handling constant bit rate sources
(CBR)
◦...
AAL2

◦ Connection-oriented service
◦ suitable for handling bursty traffic with
variable bit rate sources (VBR)
◦ Also ha...
AAL3/4
◦ AAL3/4 supports both connection-oriented and
connectionless data.
◦ It was designed for network service provider...
AAL5

◦ AAL5 is the primary AAL for data and
supports both connection-oriented and
connectionless data.
◦ It is used to t...
The ATM Reference Model (2)
AAL1
AAL2
AAL3/4
AAL5
References
Data

and Computer Communications

◦ 7th Edition, William Stallings
Data

Communications and Networking

◦ 3r...
Question Bank
 Group

Activity

5

◦ Submit
questions related to the lectures and topics discussed
in class per week.
◦ Q...
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  1. 1. Lecture 7 ATM Introduction Instructor: Musfara Farooqui
  2. 2. Lecture Objectives Introduction to ATM technology Design Goals of ATM Significance of small and fixed sized cells ATM network interfaces. Cell structure of UNI and NNI ATM Headers. ATM Virtual Connections Identify the layers in ATM reference model.
  3. 3. Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) is an International Telecommunication UnionTelecommunications Standards Section (ITU-T) standard Also called cell relay In ATM, information for multiple service types, such as voice, video, or data, is conveyed in small, fixed-size packets called cells. ATM Forum (www.atmforum.org) has designed ATM specifications
  4. 4. Basic Concepts Idea is to integrate heterogeneous sources (different rates, QoS requirements) and provide differentiated services (“to each application according to its needs”) Asynchronous transmission ◦ no exclusive reservation of resources (e.g. preassigned slots) to calls ◦ allocation of resources is possible to provide minimum quality of service (QoS) guarantees statistical multiplexing
  5. 5. Basic Concepts … Connection-oriented service All information is transmitted in 53-byte cells Uniform cell format simplifies broadband switch architectures Streamlined functionality to support very high data rates
  6. 6. ATM vs. Telephone Networks  Current phone networks are synchronous (periodic) while ATM = Asynchronous Transfer Mode  Phone networks use circuit switching and ATM networks use “Packet” Switching  In phone networks, all rates are multiple of 8 kbps. With ATM service, you can get any rate. You can vary your rate with time.  With current phone networks, all high speed circuits are manually setup. ATM allows dialing any speed.
  7. 7. Goals  One objective is to move as many of the functions to hardware as possible (for speed) and eliminate as many software functions as possible (again for speed)  Optimize use of high data rate transmission media  System must interface with existing system  Design must be inexpensive  New system must be connection oriented  System should be able to work with existing telecommunication hierarchies.
  8. 8. ATM  ATM is based on ITU-T Broadband ISDN standard (BISDN)  It was originally conceived as a high-speed transfer technology for voice, video, and data over public networks.  It provides scalable bandwidth (Mbps to Gbps)  The ATM Forum extended the ITU-T's vision of ATM for use over public and private networks  ATM networks are connection-oriented.  Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) is the world's most widely deployed backbone technology
  9. 9. ATM Network Environment  ATM is a cell-switching and multiplexing technology  Efficient than TDM (synchronous).  It combines the benefits of both: ◦ circuit switching  guaranteed capacity and constant transmission delay ◦ packet switching  flexibility and efficiency for intermittent traffic
  10. 10. ATM; Efficient than TDM  TDM (synchronous) ◦ Time slots are pre-allocated ◦ If a station has much data to send, it can send only when its time slot comes up ◦ If a station has nothing to transmit its time slot is sent empty and is wasted.  ATM is asynchronous, time slots are available on demand with information identifying the source of the transmission contained in the header of each ATM cell.
  11. 11. ATM Devices  An ATM network is made up of two general devices: ◦ ATM switch ◦ ATM endpoints.  ATM switch ◦ responsible for cell transit through an ATM network.  ATM endpoint (or end system) ◦ contains an ATM network interface adapter
  12. 12. ATM Network Architecture • An ATM Network Comprises: • ATM Switches • Endpoints • An ATM network consists of a set of ATM switches interconnected by point-to-point ATM links or interfaces.
  13. 13. ATM Network Interfaces  ATM switches support two primary types of interfaces: ◦ UNI  The UNI connects ATM end systems (such as hosts and routers) to an ATM switch. ◦ NNI  The NNI connects two ATM switches. ◦ These interfaces are further subdivided into private and public UNIs and NNIs.
  14. 14. UNI and NNI C o m p u te r U N I N N I A T M S W IT C H A T M S W IT C H N N I U N I A T M S W IT C H N N I N N I LA N A T M S W IT C H C om p C om p
  15. 15. ATM Interface Specifications  ATM Interface Specifications Differ for Private and Public Networks
  16. 16. ATM Interfaces  User to Network Interface (UNI): ◦ Public UNI, Private UNI  Network to Node Interface (NNI): ◦ Private NNI (P-NNI) ◦ Public NNI =Inter-Switching System Interface (ISSI)  Broadband Inter-Carrier Interface (B-ICI) ◦ Connects two public ATM switches from different service providers  Data Exchange Interface (DXI) ◦ Between routers and ATM Digital Service Units (DSU)
  17. 17. ATM Interfaces
  18. 18. ATM Cell Basic Format  ATM transfers information in fixed-size units called cells.  Each cell consists of 53 octets, or bytes. ◦ 5 bytes Header ◦ 48 bytes payload (user data)  Small, fixed-length cells are well suited to transferring voice and video traffic at high data rates because such traffic is intolerant of delays that result from having to wait for a large data packet to download, among other things.
  19. 19. Significance of small size ATM Header  To guarantee a fast processing in the network, the ATM header has very limited function.  Its main function is the identification of the virtual connection by an identifier which is selected at call set up and guarantees a proper routing of each packet.  In addition, it allows an easy multiplexing of different virtual connections over a single link
  20. 20. Significance of small size ATM Cell  The Payload/Data field (48 bytes) length is relatively small: ◦ to reduce the internal buffers in the switching node ◦ to limit the queuing delays in those buffers  small buffers guarantee a small delay and a small delay jitter as required in real time systems.  The data field of ATM cells is carried transparently through the network. No processing is performed on it inside the network. ◦ All services (voice, video, data) can be transported via ATM , including connectionless services.
  21. 21. ATM Virtual Connections  ATM networks are fundamentally connection oriented ◦ A virtual circuit is established prior to any data transfer  Two types of ATM connections exist: ◦ virtual paths connections (VPC)  identified by virtual path identifiers (VPI) ◦ virtual circuit connections (VCC)  identified by the combination of a VPI and a virtual channel identifier (VCI).
  22. 22. Why two VC identifiers are used in ATM  The whole idea behind dividing a virtual connection identifier into two parts is to allow hierarchical routing  Most switches in a typical ATM network do switching using VPIs.  The switches at the boundaries of the network, those that interconnect directly with the endpoints, use both VPIs and VCIs.  An ATM switch route the cell using both the VPIs and VCIs
  23. 23. Virtual Paths & Virtual Circuits A virtual path is a bundle of virtual channels, all of which are switched transparently across the ATM network based on the common VPI.  VPIs and VCIs have only local significance across a particular link and are remapped, as appropriate, at each switch. ◦ implemented with translation tables ◦ allows identifiers to be re-used (a necessity due to their limited size) ◦ Switching can be done based on VP only (VP switching) or both VP and VC (VC switching)
  24. 24. ATM Connection Relationships
  25. 25. Virtual Connections  Switches transfer cells from input port to output port based on Virtual Circuit and Virtual Path identifiers ◦ VPI’s and VCI’s are re-usable ◦ VPI and VCI are replaced by switches according to translation table
  26. 26. Advantages of VP and VC  Simplified Network Architecture ◦ Network Transmission functions can be separated into those related to an individual logical connection (VC) and those related to a group of logical connections (VP)  Increased Performance and Reliability ◦ The network deals with fewer aggregated entities  Reduced Processing and Short Connection Setup Time ◦ Much of the work is done, when VP is set up ◦ New VC can be established by executing simple control functions at the end points of VP connection. ◦ No call processing is required at the transit nodes ◦ The addition of new virtual circuits to an existing virtual path involves minimal processing
  27. 27. Routing with a switch
  28. 28. ATM Virtual Circuits
  29. 29. ATM Cell Header Format An ATM cell header can be one of two formats: ◦ UNI  The UNI header is used for communication between ATM endpoints and ATM switches in private ATM networks. ◦ NNI  The NNI header is used for communication between ATM switches.
  30. 30. An ATM cell
  31. 31. Generic ATM Cell ATM UNI Cell ATM NNI Cell
  32. 32. ATM headers
  33. 33. Virtual connection identifiers in UNIs and NNIs
  34. 34. ATM Cell Header Fields ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Generic Flow Control (GFC) Virtual Path Identifier (VPI) Virtual Circuit Identifier (VCI) Payload Type (PT) Cell loss Priority (CLP) Header Error Correction (HEC)
  35. 35. ATM Cell Header Fields  Generic Flow Control (GFC) ◦ Provides local functions, such as identifying multiple stations that share a single ATM interface. This field is typically not used and is set to its default value of 0 (binary 0000).  Virtual Path Identifier (VPI)  Virtual Channel Identifier (VCI) ◦ In conjunction with the VCI, identifies the next destination of a cell as it passes through a series of ATM switches on the way to its destination. ◦ In conjunction with the VPI, identifies the next destination of a cell as it passes through a series of ATM switches on the way to its destination.
  36. 36. ATM Cell Header Fields  Payload Type (PT) ◦ 1st Bit data type  Indicates in the first bit whether the cell contains user data or control data. If the cell contains user data, the bit is set to 0. If it contains control data, it is set to 1. ◦ 2nd Bit Congestion Identifier (CI)  The second bit indicates congestion (0 = no congestion, 1 = congestion) rd ◦ 3 Bit AAU  The third bit indicates whether the cell is the last in a series of cells that represent a single AAL5 frame (1 = last cell for the frame).  Cell Loss Priority (CLP) ◦ Indicates whether the cell should be discarded if it encounters extreme congestion as it moves through the network. If the CLP bit equals 1, cell should be discarded in preference to cells with the CLP bit equal to 0.  Header Error Control (HEC) ◦ Calculates checksum only on the first 4 bytes of the header. HEC can correct a single bit error in these bytes, thereby preserving the cell rather than discarding it.
  37. 37. ATM Services Main types of ATM services: ◦ permanent virtual circuits (PVC) ◦ switched virtual circuits (SVC)
  38. 38. PVC permanent virtual circuits (PVC) ◦ Similar to a leased line ◦ Guarantees availability of a connection ◦ Does not require call setup procedure between switches ◦ Disadvantage:  static connectivity  Manual setup  Non-flexibility
  39. 39. SVC switched ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ virtual circuits (SVC) Similar to dial-up service/telephone call SVC is created and released dynamically Flexible Automatic call setup handling Disadvantage:  Extra time and overhead required to set up the connection
  40. 40. ATM Reference Model  ATM Planes ◦ Control  responsible for generating & managing signaling requests.  traffic policing, call control, congestion control, etc. ◦ User  responsible for managing the transfer of data. ◦ Management  Layer management manages layer specific functions (manages resources and parameters residing in protocol entities e.g. provisioning for QoS)  Plane management manages functions for system as a whole, coordination between planes
  41. 41. The ATM Reference Model
  42. 42. The ATM Reference Model
  43. 43. Layers in ATM Model  Three layers are there in ATM Reference Model: ◦ Physical Layer ◦ ATM Layer ◦ ATM Adaptation Layer
  44. 44. Physical layer  Physical layer ◦ Analogous to the physical layer of the OSI model, it manages the medium-dependent transmission  ATM also support wireless technology  Original design of ATM was based on SONET ◦ 2 Reasons of using SONET  High data rates  Boundaries of cells are clearly defined.  ATM support any technology of physical layer but the boundaries of the cell should be clearly defined.
  45. 45. ATM Layer  Combined with the ATM adaptation layer, the ATM layer is roughly analogous to the data link layer of the OSI model.  The ATM layer is responsible for ◦ cell multiplexing  the simultaneous sharing of virtual circuits over a physical link ◦ cell relay  passing cells through the ATM network ◦ To do this, it uses the VPI and VCI information in the header of each ATM cell.
  46. 46. ATM Layer  Provides routing, switching, multiplexing and traffic management.  Transmission/Reception  Cell header generation/removal at source/destination ◦ Header format is different for UNI and NNI  Cell address translation  Congestion Control/Buffer management  Sequential delivery
  47. 47. ATM Adaptation Layer  ATM ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ adaptation layer (AAL) Breaks messages to cells Combined with the ATM layer, the AAL is roughly analogous to the data link layer of the OSI model. The AAL is responsible for isolating higher-layer protocols from the details of the ATM processes. The adaptation layer prepares user data for conversion into cells and segments the data into 48byte cell payloads
  48. 48. ATM layers
  49. 49. ATM layers in endpoint devices and switches
  50. 50. ATM layer
  51. 51. ATM Adaptation Layer  Services: ◦ handling of transmission errors ◦ segmentation and reassembly (enables large blocks of data to be carried in payload field of ATM cells) ◦ handling of lost cells ◦ flow control  Several AAL protocols have been specified to meet the needs of different types of application
  52. 52. ATM Adaptation Layer  Subdivided into two logical layers: ◦ Convergence Sublayer (CS)  upper-layer frames are basic data units  concerned with flow and error control for connection-oriented traffic ◦ Segmentation and Reassembly Sublayer (SAR)  segments of upper-layer frames are basic data units  concerned with segmenting frames at the source and reconstructing frames at the destination
  53. 53. ATM Adaptation Layer  Four ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ versions AAL1 (for constant-bit-rate stream) AAL2 (for short packets) AAL3/4 (3 for connection oriented services and 4 for connection less services) AAL5 (for packets requiring no sequence and no error control mechanism)
  54. 54. ATM Adaptation Layers (AAL) AAL1 ◦ Connection-oriented service ◦ suitable for handling constant bit rate sources (CBR) ◦ Such as voice and videoconferencing ◦ AAL1 requires timing synchronization between the source and the destination ◦ Thus, AAL1 depends on a medium, such as SONET, that supports clocking.
  55. 55. AAL2 ◦ Connection-oriented service ◦ suitable for handling bursty traffic with variable bit rate sources (VBR) ◦ Also has timing requirements like AAL1 ◦ Traffic such as packetized voice or video  That do not have a constant data transfer speed  But require service similar to CBR
  56. 56. AAL3/4 ◦ AAL3/4 supports both connection-oriented and connectionless data. ◦ It was designed for network service providers and is closely aligned with Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS). ◦ AAL3/4 is used to transmit SMDS packets over an ATM network.
  57. 57. AAL5 ◦ AAL5 is the primary AAL for data and supports both connection-oriented and connectionless data. ◦ It is used to transfer most non-SMDS data, such as classical IP over ATM and LAN Emulation (LANE). ◦ AAL5 also is known as the simple and efficient adaptation layer (SEAL)
  58. 58. The ATM Reference Model (2)
  59. 59. AAL1
  60. 60. AAL2
  61. 61. AAL3/4
  62. 62. AAL5
  63. 63. References Data and Computer Communications ◦ 7th Edition, William Stallings Data Communications and Networking ◦ 3rd Edition, Behrouz A. Forouzan Internetworking Technologies Handbook ◦ 3rd Edition, Cisco Systems Data Communications and Computer Networks ◦ Curt M. White www.atmforum.org
  64. 64. Question Bank  Group Activity 5 ◦ Submit questions related to the lectures and topics discussed in class per week. ◦ Questions format: (use both)  4 MCQs with 4 options and correct answer  MCQs options should be written horizontally like:  (a) 10 (b) 100 (c) 1000 (d) 10000  1 Short conceptual or logical question ◦ Submission will be done in soft form via group email to CR
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