Reservation arbitrated access for statistical multiplexing voice traffic over dual-bus metropolitan area networks

Chun Bun Henry Chan, Victor C M Leung

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Metropolitan area networks (MAN's) are well suited to serve as broadband multiplexers for asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) networks, to facilitate enterprise networking and to support future wireless personal communication systems. We propose and analyze a novel reservation arbitrated (RA) access method which provides isochronous voice transport over dual-bus MAN's while enabling statistical multiplexing among voice calls. In combination with a new cyclic capturing (CC) mechanism, RA access allows stations to capture and reserve isochronous voice channels in a fair and distributive manner. This paper presents the RA access protocol, derives an analytical model for general waste-free voice reservation protocols, and analyzes the performance of RA access by computer simulations validated by analytical calculations. To assess the actual voice quality, simulation results based on a real voice signal are also presented. Results indicate that RA access offers significant improvements in channel utilization, as compared to prearbitrated (PA) access, while providing an acceptable quality of service. Therefore, RA access offers an efficient voice transport mechanism for existing switched multimegabit data service (SMDS) networks employing the IEEE 802.6 protocol, as well as emerging ATM/MAN-based broadband networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-50
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


  • Metropolitan area networks
  • Reservation protocols
  • Speech communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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