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Discuss the features and characteristics of ATM networks, as well as their benefits and limitations. Discuss the concepts of connection-oriented and connectionless protocols. Is ATM connection-oriented or connectionless--how about Ethernet? Discuss multicast issues for both ATM and Ethernet and what properties of the ATM protocol make multicast a problem in some instances. Be sure to add any other issues you think important in your discussion.

Please use Web references (not Wikipedia) and site any information in APA format.

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ATM means Asynchronous Transfer Mode. It is a connection-oriented network.
In the telephone system most of the transmission is synchronous. But ATM is not synchronous.
ATM was much more successful than OSI ( Open System Interconnection). ATM is now widely used
within the telephone system. It is for moving IP packets. At present ATM is used by carriers for internal
transport and users are often unaware of its existence.

Most ATM networks also support Permanent Virtual Circuits which are permanent connections
between two hosts.

The basic idea behind ATM is to transmit all information in small, fixed size packets called cells.

ATM has its own reference model different from the OSI model and it is also different from
the TCP/IP model. It consists of three layers. They are (1) physical ...

Solution Summary

This solution defines the Asynchronous Transfer Model and explains its composition, usages, and distribution. It also explains ATM adaptation layer (AAL) and DIX systems. Reference used is included.