Design of an ATM switch for handoff support

Heechang Kim, H. Jonathan Chao

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In a wireless ATM system, a network must provide seamless services to mobile users. To support this, mobility function should be added to existing ATM networks. Through a handoff operation, a mobile user can receive a service from the network without disconnecting the communication. A handoff results in connection path rerouting during an active connection. To avoid cell loss during a handoff, cell buffering and rerouting are required in the network. A handoff switch is a connection breakdown point on an original connection path in the network from which a new connection sub-path is established. It performs cell buffering and rerouting during a handoff. Cell buffering and rerouting can introduce a cell out-of-sequence problem. In this paper we propose a handoff switch architecture with a shared memory. The architecture performs cell buffering and rerouting efficiently by managing logical queues of virtual connections in the shared memory and sorting head-of-line cells for transmission, thus achieving in-sequence cell delivery during a handoff. We also present simulation results to understand the impacts of handoffs on switch performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-419
Number of pages9
JournalWireless Networks
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2000

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Design of an ATM switch for handoff support. / Kim, Heechang; Chao, H. Jonathan.

In: Wireless Networks, Vol. 6, No. 6, 12.2000, p. 411-419.

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Kim, Heechang ; Chao, H. Jonathan. / Design of an ATM switch for handoff support. In: Wireless Networks. 2000 ; Vol. 6, No. 6. pp. 411-419.
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