Gigabit Ethernet is one of the leading campus backbone technologies. This tutorial talk will discuss the evolution of Ethernet from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps and now to 1000 Mbps. The key architectural issues that were debated during the development of the standard will be explained including several physical layer issues and media access issues such as carrier extension and frame bursting. Gigabit Ethernet is competing with ATM for for campus backbone. Key features that distinguishes the two technologies are the traffic management and support for quality of service. For end-to-end quality of service guarantees, it is important to provide the guarantees on the campus backbone as well. Therefore, the IEEE 802 committee is working on mechanisms to provide these. We will briefly talk about these efforts also.
This is a tutorial (as opposed to research) level technical talk.
This talk covers the following topics:
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