A distributed intelligence network over ATM
Dueck, Darryl Dean
The current telephone network protocol is best suited for audio transmissions, and is not particularly video- or data-friendly. However, data traffic growth is four times that of voice traffic. This trend indicates the need for a network protocol that incorporates multi-media traffic. One solution is a distributed intelligence network running over an ATM network. The intelligence is distributed in such a way as to allow the switches to provide bandwidth and some intelligence, while allowing end terminals to provide for additional functionality. This is similar to the Internet model which also employs distributed intelligence across its network. The Specification and Description Language (SDL) is used to develop and simulate the protocol. Possible applications for this protocol include use as a firewall for connection to the telephone network and as an advanced server providing supplementary services such as call forwarding based on the callerID.