H-Bus: An Experimental ATM-Based Optical Premises Network

H. Jonathan Chao, Gennady Shtirmer, Lanny S. Smoot

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A new optical customer premises network (CPN), which we call H-Bus, has been designed to interface future broad-band ISDN signals and distribute available bandwidth to terminal equipment connected to the CPN. Key features of this network are the use of optical fiber as a transmission medium and a hybrid architecture, namely a broadcast bus for the downstream (network interface to subscriber terminal) and a looped bus for the upstream (subscriber terminal to network interface) traffic. The physical layer of the network makes use of the synchronous optical network (SONET) transmission format. The user information is carried using the asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technique. The reliability of H-Bus is improved through the use of a new network component, optical protection socket (OPS). This is an automatic optical bypass switch proposed to protect the CPN in the case of individual node failures. To resolve any access contention on the upstream bus, a new multipriority media access control protocol has been designed. Its performance is compared with that of protocols used in other high-speed local area networks. The results demonstrate that H-Bus protocol exhibits M/D/1 comparable overall delays and achieves high throughput efficiency and fair access among terminals, with minimum complexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1859-1867
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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