High-capacity local and metropolitan area networks: architecture and performance issues

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G. Pujolle
Springer-Verlag, 1991 - Computers - 536 pages
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The state of the art and the latest advances in high-speed Local and Metropolitan Area Networks (LAN/ MAN) are reviewed and discussed in the workshop papers presented in this volume originating from a NATO Advanced Research Workshop. The first generation LANs had throughputs of 1-20 Mbit/sec. The second generation allowed throughputs of 100-200 Mbit/sec. The third generation will have throughputs of 1-10 Gbit/sec. The possibility of all-optical networks in the future is being examined. Using such a high-speed network it will be feasible to distribute high-quality video to the home, to carry out rapid retrieval of radiological and other scientific images, and to enable multi-media conferencing between various parties. Despite the complexity of the field, this book attempts to cover all the aspects in order to give as complete and accurate a picture as possible.

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Architecture of HighSpeed LANs and MANs
The Medium Access Control
New Access Schemes for Gbits LANs and MANs

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Guy Pujolle is currently a Professor at the University of Paris VI and member of the Scientific Council of France Telecom Group. He is chairman of the IFIP Working Group 6.2 on "Network and Internetwork Architectures." A pioneer in high-speed networking, he led the development of the first Gbit/s network to be tested in 1980.