Metropolitan Area Networks

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Springer, 1997 - Computers - 433 pages
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With the continuing success of Local Area Networks (IANs), there is an increasing demand to extend their capabilities towards higher data rates and wider areas. This, together with the progress in fiber-optic technology, has given rise to the so-called Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs). MANs can span much greater distances than current LAN s, and offer data rates on the order of hundreds of Megabits/sec (Mbps). The success of MANs is mainly due to the opportunity they provide to develop new networking products capable of providing high-speed commu­ nications between applications at competitive prices, which nonetheless give an adequate return on the manufacturers' investments. A major factor in of appropriate networking standards. achieving this goal is the availability Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDl) and Distributed Queue Dual Bus (DQDB) are the two standard technologies for MANs for which industrial products are already available. For this reason, this book focuses mainly on these two standards. Nowadays there are several books dealing with MANs, and these look mainly at FDDI (e.g., [2], [92], [118], [141]). These books focus primarily on the architectures and protocols, whereas they pay little attention to per­ formance analysis. Due to the capability of MANs to integrate services, a quantitative analysis of the Quality of Service (QoS) provided by these tech­ nologies is a relevant issue, and is thus covered in depth in this book.

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STEFANO BASAGNI holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Milano, Italy, and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his BSc degree in computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1991. Since January 2002, he has been an assistant professor of Computer Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Northeastern University.

MARCO CONTI received the Laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, Italy. He is currently a senior researcher at the Informatics and Telematics Institute (IIT) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He served as program committee chair of IFIP-TC6 Conferences "Networking2002," and "PWC2003." He is on the editorial board of ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review.

SILVIA GIORDANO received her PhD from EPFL, Lausanne. She is currently coordinator of Wireless, Telecommunication and High Frequency at the University of Applied Science of Ticino (Switzerland), and working as scientific collaborator at IIT-CNR, Pisa (Italy). She is a technical editor of IEEE Communications Magazine.

IVAN STOJMENOVIc received a PhD degree in mathematics from the University of Zagreb. He is currently full professor at the University of Ottawa (Canada). He is managing editor of the Journal of Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing, and an editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Parallel Processing Letters, and a few other journals. He recently edited the Handbook of Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing (Wiley, 2002).

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